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Ukraine says one of its military jets has been shot down

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By Lindsay Isaac

KIEV, Ukraine (CNN) -- A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council said.

The spokesman, Ukrainian Col. Andriy Lysenko, made the announcement in an interview with a Ukrainian media outlet known as 112.UA.

Information on who shot down the jet wasn't immediately available. It's not the first time a military jet has been shot down.

On Sunday, a Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down in the Luhansk region, Leonid Matyuhin, the spokesman for Ukraine's counterterrorist operation, told CNN.

The pilot managed to eject and is safe, Ukrainian state media reported.

The ongoing fighting -- sparked last year with by political crisis over whether Ukraine would seek closer ties with Europe or Russia -- has left more than 2,000 people dead and just under 5,000 wounded in eastern Ukraine since mid-April, according to estimates from U.N. officials.

The United States and the European Union have applied steadily increasing sanctions against Russian officials, banks and other interests since March, when Russia annexed the Black Sea Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Russia's move came a month after Ukraine's parliament ousted pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych.

Yanukovych left office after violent protests against his government in the capital, Kiev.

Those protests were motivated in part by his decision to back out of a trade deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

CNN's Lindsay Isaac reported from Kiev. CNN's Jason Hanna wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Victoria Butenko and Joshua Berlinger contributed to this report.

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