Putin almost ordered a passenger plane to be shot down
A new film centered on Russian President Vladimir Putin reveals that the leader nearly ordered the annihilation of a passenger plane bound for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.
The film, simply titled “Putin,” delves into a decision nearly made by Putin when his intelligence agencies implied there was a possible hijacking of a plane traveling from Ukraine to Istanbul, Turkey.
Fox News reports the following:
“Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said in a new film he ordered – but later pulled back – the shooting down of a passenger plane in 2014 after officials believed a man with a bomb was targeting the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
In the two-hour film called “Putin,” the Russian president said he was advised on February 7, 2014, that a plane carrying passengers from Ukraine to Turkey had been hijacked – just as the 2014 Winter Olympics Games were to be opened.
“I was told: A plane en route from Ukraine to Istanbul was seized, captors demand landing in Sochi,” Putin said in the film, Reuters reported.
There were 110 passengers aboard. There were reportedly 40,000 in attendance at the Opening Ceremonies.
Security officials believed the plane was taken over by a man with a bomb and changed its course to Sochi.”
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