A Ukrainian military transport aircraft has been shot down in the east, amid fighting with pro-Russian separatist rebels, Ukrainian officials say. They say the An-26 plane was hit at an altitude of 6,500m (21,325ft).
A 26-year-old Ukranian, named only as Vlad, has been arrested for slicing off and eating parts of his grandmother’s body while she was still alive.
He reportedly used a shard of broken mirror to slash the face of the woman who had raised him and then took out her eyeballs and ate them, police sources said.
They said that he cut off parts of her body to chew before killing her in a sickening ritual, The Mirror reports.
“All this time the old woman was conscious and tried to escape, screaming. He responded by slicing off her tongue and eating it,” the paper quoted a source, as saying.
The alleged killer, described by neighbours as a religious fanatic, was in his underpants, holding a cross and conducting a perverse funeral service, the paper said.
Vlad’s father broke into the flat soon afterwards and found his elderly mother lying dead in a pool of blood, her skull smashed, and her ears and lips also apparently devoured.
The dad fled and called police who pumped gas into the flat in Simferopol, Ukraine, to subdue the man. He was arrested covered in blood and held for psychiatric tests. “I heard muffled cries. I thought it was people watching a horror movie,” a neighbour said later.