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Ukraine plane crash

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Added On July 19, 2014

In the wake of the tragedy... the Ukrainian government and insurgents in the country's restive east have accused each other of shooting down the plane.
 
The incident has drawn wide condemnation from the international community.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday spoke by phone with leaders of Germany, Britain and Australia to discuss the issue.
 
According to the U.S. leader, there is evidence showing the Malaysian jet was shot down by surface-to-air missiles launched from an area controlled by separatists.
 
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President Obama said on Friday the missile that took down the Malaysian airliner was launched from an area that is controlled by insurgents in eastern Ukraine.
 
He urged an immediate cease-fire to allow for a credible investigation into what he called an "outrageous" event.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): BARACK OBAMA, US President
"This was a global tragedy. An Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies filled with citizens from many countries, so there has to be a credible international investigation into what happened."
 
Obama also blamed Russia for creating the instability that led to the plane being shot down.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): BARACK OBAMA, US President
"We want Russia to take the path that would result in peace in Ukraine, but so far, at least, Russia has failed to take that path."
 
Also on Friday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the downing of the plane.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): FARHAN HAQ, Deputy UN spokesman
"The Secretary-General calls for a full and transparent international investigation into the incident and offers the full cooperation of the United Nations in such an inquiry. There must be accountability for this tragedy: anyone found to be responsible must be brought to justice. The United Nations is in touch with the International Civil Aviation Organization, which has offered Ukraine its investigative capacity in order to put together an international team. The Secretary-General echoes calls for all parties to grant immediate and unfettered access by investigators to the crash site."
 
The EU has activated an aviation crisis cell to ensure proper coordination of airspace to guarantee the safety of flights.
 
Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Transport, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, and demanded an immediate and independent investigation into the cause of the crash.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)SIIM KALLAS, EU Commissioner
"I would like to reassure air passengers that it is safe to fly. But I completely understand now that the public is hungry for facts. The facts in terms of what has happened to MH17 must be laid open for global public scrutiny."
 
Meanwhile... the Dutch prime minister said the Netherlands will not rest until the perpetrators of the possible attack on flight MH17 are detected.
 
The Netherlands has already sent its Safety Board to Ukraine to support an international investigation team.
 
In Russia... the foreign ministry has voiced its suspicion that the Kiev government was responsible for shooting down the plane.
 
The ministry said the airspace where the plane was brought down "is covered by two Ukrainian S-200 long-range anti-aircraft missile systems and three Buk-M1 middle-range missile systems."
 
Meanwhile, Moscow has also refuted Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot's public accusation of Russia's role in the crash.
 
In Kiev... the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council also denied that Ukrainian forces played any role in the tragedy.
 
The head of the informational center of the anti-terror operation in Ukraine, Andrey Lisenko said Ukrainian forces could not have been involved due to the location of the crash.
 
SOUNDBITE (UKRAINIAN) ANDREY LISENKO, Ukrainian official
"We announce that forces taking part in the anti-terror operation did not launch any combat operation in Ukrainian airspace. The Ukrainian air force did not operate near the territory where the plane came down and it does not operate at that altitude at all."