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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Update: President Obama Says Evidence Indicates The Plane Was Shot Down By Russian-Backed Separatists – More To Come


Jul. 18 2014, Published 6:11 p.m. ET

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President Obama addressed the nation regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and said that evidence is showing that the plane was most likely shot down by Russian-backed separatists. He also confirmed that at least one passenger was American.

He noted that this wasn’t the first plane to be shot down by the separatists, adding that a “steady flow of support from Russia” had been providing heavy weapons and anti-aircraft weapons.

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The president also called for a cease-fire while a full investigation takes place.

An unnamed U.S. defense official spoke to USA Today about the precarious situation, stating that the group responsible downed the plane using a sophisticated missile from inside Ukraine.

“This was a global tragedy,” Obama said. “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.”

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As previously reported, Malaysia Airlines has confirmed the following nationalities of the victims:

Netherlands: 173

Malaysia: 44

Australia: 27

Indonesia: 12

United Kingdom: 9

Germany: 4

Belgium: 4

Philippines: 3

Canada: 1

Unknown: 20

A pro-Russian separatist commander boasted about shooting down the Boeing 777 — on social media, reported Thursday.

After the plane was shot down, Igor Girkin, the self-proclaimed defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, relayed both a warning and a celebratory message through his account, Russia’s version of Facebook.



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