By Shepard Ambellas
Russian insurgents blamed for missile attack on commercial airliner
DONETSK (INTELLIHUB) — Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, carrying 295 people on board, was likely shot down by an advanced missile, or aircraft fired missile Thursday, while cruising at an altitude of about 33,000 feet on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, reports say. All 295 people have been pronounced dead.
Wreckage of the Boeing 777-200ER, along with hundreds of human body parts, were scattered about a 9-mile swath near the Russian border, nearly 20-miles out of Russian airspace.
The Daily News reported:
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said that the military was involved in the carnage.
“We do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets,” he said. “We are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible.”
Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister for the Pro-Russia rebels, also denied shooting down the plane and blamed Ukraine’s armed forces for the violence.
The White House has been briefed on the matter.
It is now also believed by many in the professional realm, that a Buk surface-to-air missile launcher would have not been sufficient for the attack, likely ruling out rebels. Some even think that the Ukrainian military is to blame.
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