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Ukraine says rebels shoot down Malaysian airliner, 295 dead


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Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.

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GRABOVO, Ukraine, July 17 (Reuters) - A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.

Raising the stakes in the East-West showdown between Kiev and Moscow, the official blamed "terrorists" using a ground-to-air missile and Ukraine's prime minister called the downing of the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a "catastrophe".

Related: Burning wreckage, bodies scattered after airliner crashes in Ukraine

Official: Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine




1 hr ago Duration: 0:31 Views: 8k 8a7bc2bf-8d34-47ac-b4b6-9be52b7ab2d4.png A Reuters correspondent saw burning wreckage and bodies on the ground at the village of Grabovo, about 40 km (25 miles) from the Russian border in an area where pro-Russian rebels have been active and have claimed to have shot down other aircraft.

The Boeing 777 came down near the city of Donetsk, stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, interior ministry official Anton Gerashchenko said on Facebook, adding it was "shot down with a Buk anti-aircraft system by terrorists" - the term the Kiev government uses for militants seeking to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia. The dead were 280 passengers and 15 crew.

Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter feed it had lost contact with its flight MH-17 from Amsterdam. "The last known position was over Ukrainian air space," it said.

A rebel leader said Ukrainian forces shot the airliner down. Ukrainian official said their military was not involved.

Interfax-Ukraine quoted another Ukrainian official as saying the plane disappeared from radar when it was flying at 10,000 metres (33,000 feet), a typical cruising altitude for airliners.

Ukraine has accused Russia of taking an active role in the four-month-old conflict in recent days and accused it earlier on Thursday of shooting down a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet - an accusation that Moscow denied.

The military commander of the rebels, a Russian named Igor Strelkov, had written on his social media page shortly before the report of the airliner being downed that his forces had brought down an Antonov An-26 in the same area. It is a turboprop transport plane of a type used by Ukraine's forces.

(Writing by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Peter Millership)

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It made me silence. A total of 154 dutch people where on board.

There was a dutch passenger who made a picture of the plane before boarding, he uploaded it to facebook with the text: This is how it looks, in case it goes missing...

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I just saw this on the news and I'm stuck in an angry shock. How can you shoot a F*CKING PASSENGER JET YOU BUNCH OF F*CKWITS


Jesus Christ these poor people. I hope they died instantly and didn't have to suffer :sad2:

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I just cannot get my brain to understand this.


My friends in Ukraine say they live in a war-zone and they are right.


If there are bullets flying through the air and planes crashing from the sky I would feel the same. Unbelievable, really unbelievable.

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Oh Goddd were the shotters thinking they shot balloons? NOOOOO. Look at those innocent passengers, they killed 250 something people.. Such an irony. AND THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE NOT BALLOOOONSSSSS. *just sayin*

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