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Obama: Missile fired from territory controlled by separatists

July 18, 2014, 21:14 UTC+3
At least one American died in the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine, the US president stated
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WASHINGTON, July 18. /Dmitry Zlodorev and Andrei Shytov for ITAR-TASS/. US President Barack Obama stated about the necessity to cease fire in eastern Ukraine to carry out an international investigation into the causes of the Malaysia Airlines’ plane crash.

Russia, separatists and Ukraine should conclude a truce, the American president said delivering a speech in the White House on Friday. The US leader noted that the parties had all the possibilities to make this step. According to Obama, the incident emphasizes the importance of restoring peace in Ukraine.

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Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers have died. Infographics by ITAR-TASS
Meanwhile, Obama believes it is early to guess about the intentions of those who fired a missile on the Malaysian airplane. The US president insists on holding a credible international investigation of the accident. “UN Security Council has endorsed this recommendation and we will hold all its members including Russia to their word to facilitate that investigation,” Obama said. The American leader again noted that the missile was fired from a territory controlled by separatists.

Regarding the situation in Ukraine, Obama has said he doesn’t see any role for the USA apart from what is already being done. In reply to a question on his intentions regarding Russia, the American president once again stated the stance of USA including the thesis of preferable diplomatic settlement.


Air crash near Donetsk

Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed Thursday evening on the territory of Ukraine, in the Donetsk region near the Grabovo village. The plane carried 298 people, all of them died.

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