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Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft shot down in Ukraine; 295 people dead

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, July 17th, a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft was shot down in Ukraine on its way from Amsterdam to Kualua Lumpur, as reported by Ukrainian media. 280 passengers and 15 members of staff were on board the plane; no survivors.

Communications with Boeing 777, which was 10,000 km above ground over Ukraine, went down at 16:20. It is reported that the plane crashed near the village of Hrabove, not far from the Russian border.

This disaster has been confirmed by Ukrainian Interior Affairs Minister’s assistant Anton Gerashenko. According to him, the passenger aircraft was shot down by ‘terrorists’ in Donetsk.

“Terrorists under Torez shot down the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur passenger flight using surface-to-air missile complex Buk, which they received from [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” – Gerashenko wrote on Facebook.

It is reported that the flight path of the crashed aircraft was not far from that used by transport aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force IL-76. There is a possibility that the Pro-Russian militants tried shooting down the military transport aircraft, which was delivering supplies to cut-off forces of the Ukrainian army, but instead the missile picked up the passenger airliner.

Malaysia Airlines had previously reported that it had lost contact with its plane somewhere near Ukraine.

Among the dead are more than 250 European citizens, as reported by Ukrainian Defence Minister’s assistant Oleksandr Danilyuk. He added that 300 people have lost their lives in this catastrophe.

Pro-Russian militants have surface-to-air missile weapons that can shoot down aircraft at high altitude, says Ukraine’s national security and Defense Council spokesperson Andry Lisenko.

“We have information that surface-to-air missile launchers capable of shooting down aircraft at high altitude have been transported to Ukraine. Among them may be the Buk missile launcher,” – said Lisenko.

Ukrainian forces are doing all they can in order to destroy these weapons, he said.

“We understand very well that these are very powerful weapons. Everything is being done by our intelligence and aviation in order to find and destroy these weapons,” – noted Lisenko.

Pro-Russian militants in Ukraine had raided state institutions, local police departments, airfields and other strategic objects on the east of the country this April. In response to this, Ukrainian forces have launched an anti-terrorism operation.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Any word on this from you Mike Walsh?

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  2. Estonian says:

    Wait, there is so many web portals to comment now at the same time, that he don’t have time. Many overworking hours now. Don’t worry, he will have very good explanations how it is all Ukrainian made.

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  3. mike walsh says:

    The impudent assumptions of a Western media, divinely orchestrated as The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is predictable as was Soviet Pravda and Izvestia. The more balanced coverage is on the less controlled internet media. It is so enlightening and refreshing to take part in a good debate by those who don’t have a hammer and sickle to grind, like the Soviet minded Balts.

    I will guarantee you that as it is, for good reason, impossible to place the blame on modern Russia or the anti-Fascist separatists the Western media again, under the baton of maestro Washington, will go quiet on the matter.

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    • Linda says:

      Military satellites will most likely be able to apportion the deed to the correct group. But as it was scud surface to air missile and it scuttled back across the eastern border it points a big fat finger to the eastern neighbour. I hope that one of these malfunctions and lands nose first into the centre of the Kremlin ….. BANG!

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