Ukraine says army has not used anti-aircraft missiles in east

KIEV, July 18 Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:49am EDT

KIEV, July 18 (Reuters) - Ukraine's army has not deployed missiles during fighting with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Malaysian airliner that was brought down there was out of range of the systems it uses, Ukrainian officials said on Friday.

"All missiles that are in our armoury, not one of them has been used," Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council, said.

Bohdan Senyk, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry, said the airliner was out of range of the Ukrainian army's anti-aircraft missile systems: "Anti-aircraft missiles have not been deployed during the anti-terrorist operation ... they are all in place." (Reporting by Natalia Zinets, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Timothy Heritage)

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