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Fighter plane crashes into building in Russian city near Ukraine
A Russian fighter plane has crashed into a residential building in the southern Russian city of Yeysk, near Ukraine.
Footage on social media, which has been verified by BBC News, showed a large fireball erupting from what appeared to be a multi-storey building.
Yeysk is located on the coast of the Sea of Azov, which separates southern Ukraine and southern Russia.
Russian news agencies said the pilots had ejected and officials were trying to establish information about casualties on the ground.
RIA news agency said the plane was a Sukhoi Su-34, a supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber, and crashed during a training flight from a military airfield. Tass said the crash was caused by an engine fire.
Interfax, another Russian agency, quoted the local emergencies ministry as saying five floors of the apartment building were on fire, the upper floors had collapsed and about 45 apartments were damaged.