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Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Rising global anger at downed Malaysia Airlines jet

As accusations are traded over who was responsible for attack that left 298 dead, UN meets and world leaders demand an international inquiry

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 July, 2014, 12:23am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 July, 2014, 4:33am

World leaders are demanding an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the cold war.

The UN Security Council held an emergency session yesterday and called for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Meanwhile, the horrifying human toll of the incident was writ large across a vast swathe of disputed and remote Ukrainian territory as work began to recover the remains of the passengers and crew who perished.

As the grim recovery continued, accusations were traded over who brought down the Boeing 777 as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur - pro-Russian rebels who control the area where it came down or the Ukrainian government?

US President Barack Obama said a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine downed the jet and called for a ceasefire to allow for a full investigation.

He spoke hours after Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council there was "credible evidence" that pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine were responsible.

Ukraine said the plane was out of range of its anti-aircraft systems and it fired no missiles.

Also on the plane was the step-grandmother of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Siti Amirah, 83, who was travelling alone, and more than 100 Aids researchers and activists heading to a conference in Australia.

As Western leaders united in the belief that pro-Russian rebels shot down the plane with a surface-to-air missile launching system, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang conveyed the country's condolences, saying Beijing would closely follow developments.

The whereabouts of the black box flight data and voice recorders remained unclear last night, as Russian-backed rebels ruled out a ceasefire to deal with the crash crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also called for a ceasefire and urged the two sides to hold peace talks as soon as possible. Putin had blamed the Ukrainian government for the tragedy, telling a meeting in Moscow it would not have happened if the Ukrainian military had not resumed its offensive against the separatists.

"Certainly, the government over whose territory it occurred is responsible for this terrible tragedy," he was quoted as saying.

Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a television interview that action was needed to "put [Vladimir] Putin on notice that he has gone too far and we are not going to stand idly by". German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel said Russia's responsibility was "clear".

The Washington Post, Reuters, Agence France-Presse


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Marcus T Anthony
Your comment has nothing to do with the article. This is typical of the wumao who will twist any story to further a bizarre, Cold War view of all world events. It's like you guys are wind-up dolls who play the same recording over and over again regardless of place, time or circumstance. I understand your purpose here, but one thing that I am yet to comprehend is why the propaganda comes with so much hate and racism. This is a peculiar facet of your kind, and it goes back decades, as can be seen on many other English language sites over the years. Are you specifically instructed to employ hatred and racism, or is this an an accidental bi-product of the indoctrination process? I find it hard to believe that any world government would employ an army of haters to spread its propaganda. The damage to the CCP's and China's international reputation is significant.
Putin is a bullying self conscious moron, blabbering nonsense. His pro Ruski goons did it and he's still trying to find excuse? What a moronic baboon! Sorry, no disrespect to baboon.
Ah, the hypocrisy of the United States. Where was an agreement for an international investigation or even an apology or admission of guilt from the US for the shooting down of Iran Air 655 in Iranian airspace by the USS Vincennes in 1988?
Putin defends the indefensible!
Learn your history. US owned up to the tragedy and reached a legally binding agreement to compensate the victim's families and fully distributed the compensation. You are comparing apples and oranges. Nice try though.
It's beyond ludicrous to suggest that this was the responsibility of anyone other than the Russian-backed (and armed) rebels.
The Ukrainian government has not fired at a single plane... the rebels not only have shot down planes in the past week, but boasted about it.
The rebels BOASTED about the downing on social media.... and then rapidly deleted posts when their catastrophic error became apparent.
Putin answers to NOBODY. Not the russian media (which he controls) and certainly not the russian people (uhhhh.... how do they get their news?).... and certainly not the international community.
Believe it or not, the end result of this mass murder will lie with China.... China CANNOT use its veto at the UN... surely....
I guess it would be too much to expect you to comment on the article.
Putin has got the blood of 298 innocent people on his hands.
M Miyagi
In the struggle for supremacy, the death of innocents to Washington is just nothing more than collateral damage. When the US goes on war path, stirring up wars and conflicts, the first thing to go is the truth.
……., you can't even get your facts right about the flight path.
Put the blame where it belongs- the blood of 295 people is on the hands of Putin.
So asiaseen, is the Kremlin even going to pay compensation. And how about Hong Kong? Is it going to demand Comrade Putin apologizes and pays compensation for the Hong Konger slaughtered by these butchers? If it was good enough to demand this of the Philippines, then we should be demanding that Russia do the same.



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