(QHA) -

Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down in the east of the country July 23, less then a week after the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane.

Ukraine's military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky said the fate of the pilots is unknown.

The separatists had claimed earlier that they shot down one Su-25 jet near Snizhne. They said a second Su-25 was hit and damaged but flew away.

Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down July 17 on the territory of Ukraine, near the border with Russia. All the 298 people on the board died.

QHA