Friday, July 18, 2014

U.S. Says Evidence Points to Separatists in Missile That Downed Malaysia Airliner

Harsh Words for Russia as It Denies Role in Crash in Ukraine

By Olga Razumovskaya, Anton Troianovski and Julian E. Barnes, WSJ
Updated July 18, 2014 12:55 p.m. ET

The U.S. said Friday that the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine was likely downed by a ground-to-air missile from rebel territory, as Russia came under a barrage of criticism from the West over the disaster.

The plane carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew crashed in the battle-torn eastern Ukraine region of Donetsk, where pro-Russia separatists are occupying several towns in a three-month conflict.

President Barack Obama, who called the downing of the flight a wake-up call for Europe and the world, said the U.S. and its allies would impose further costs on Russia if it continues to back the rebels.

In the most definitive comments yet from the White House, he laid blame for the incident on the separatists. "Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine," Mr. Obama said at a news conference.

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