Ukraine and Russia Point Fingers At Each Other And Deny Responsibility Following Deadly Attack on Malaysia Airlines MH17
By Christine Jane Caparras | July 18, 2014 12:27 PM EST
Just hours after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was reported to have lost contact from Ukraine Air Traffic Control and as the wreckage was found spread over several kilometres in the Donetsk area of Ukraine, Ukrainian officials have declared that the incident was carried out by people that they refer to as terrorists. Meanwhile, Russia has given the blame to actions made by the Ukrainian Government against Pro Moscow separatist groups.
An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner MH-17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said. Dozens of bodies were scattered around the smouldering wreckage of a passenger jet that crashed in a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a Reuters reporter said. An emergency services rescue worker said at least 100 bodies had so far been found at the scene, near the village of Grabovo, and that debris from the wreckage was spread across an area up to about 15 km (nine miles) in diameter.
In a statement published throughout various news agencies in the moments after the incident was revealed to the public, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared that no Ukrainian military action was involved in shooting down any object from the skies.
The United States have confirmed that radar evidence has proven that a surface-to-air missile was used to shoot down the ill-fated plane which verified initial speculations that a shoulder mounted weapon would not have had the capability of shooting down a commercially-operated plane that was flying at cruising altitude around 33,000 feet. Despite this new evidence, no definitive conclusions have been made as to who was responsible. The United States have offered to help in investigating the incident. The wreckage has been found in a rebel-controlled area in eastern Ukraine. All 295 people on board the aircraft are presumed dead.
Russia for their part, blame the continued conflict that is plaguing parts of Ukraine due to the issues surrounding separatist rebels who are seeking to become part of Russia once again, a move that has been met with resistance by the Ukrainian government. Russian President Vladimir Putin blatantly points out that the Ukrainian Government is to blame for the attack in statements made over televised interviews and reported on CNN.com.
"This tragedy would not have happened, if there had been peace on that land, or in any case, if military operations in southeastern Ukraine had not been renewed, and without a doubt the government of the territory on which it happened bears responsibility for this frightening tragedy." said Putin.
Meanwhile, in the same CNN report, Ukrainian State Security Chief Valentin Nalyvaichenko is pointing his fingers at two Russian military intelligence officers whom he is implicating based on what he says are intercepted phone calls between the two.
The United States had made restrictions on the flight paths of their commercial airlines which normally fly over the conflict area as far back as April this year. Other airline operators are now expected to follow suit in the aftermath of this incident.
Just a few days before this incident, Ukrainian officials have accused Russian military of shooting down a Ukrainian cargo plane which was flying over Ukrainian airspace.
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