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- Bodies rained down on Ukraine village after plane disaster
First came the loud explosion that made buildings rattle: then it started raining bodies.
One of the corpses fell through the rickety roof of Irina Tipunova's house in this sleepy village, just after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded high over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government forces.
"There was a howling noise and everything started to rattle. Then objects started falling out of the sky," the 65-year-old pensioner said in front of her grey-brick home.
"And then I heard a roar and she landed in the kitchen, the roof was broken," she said, showing the gaping hole made by the body when it came through the ceiling of the kitchen in an extension to the house.
- Obama: missile from eastern Ukraine controlled by separatists hit plane
President Barack Obama said on Friday that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday.
Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin had the most power to reduce the violence in Ukraine and had not chosen to do so. He said Ukraine separatists had received a steady flow of support from Russia, including anti-aircraft weapons.
Obama's comments were the strongest public assertions yet from the United States that pro-Russian separatists likely brought down the plane and that Moscow bears some responsibility by allowing sophisticated Russian arms to flow into eastern Ukraine.
- OSCE have no idea who is controlling #MH17 crash site. Appears to be several small rebel groups with no leader. Fate of black boxes unknown.comment by max seddon via twitter 7/18/2014 7:39:09 PM
- OSCE unable to access all but a small area of #MH17 crash site due to aggressive armed rebel guards. "Some looked slightly intoxicated."comment by max seddon via twitter 7/18/2014 7:38:57 PM
- ReutersPresident Obama says a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian plane, though questions remain. Jillian Kitchener reports.
- ReutersThe U.S. says it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board. Linda So reports.
- ReutersMuscovites speculate on what downed the Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, as Ukrainian officials place blame squarely on Russia. Vanessa Johnston reports.
- European Aviation Safety Agency cites possible existence of serious risks to safety of international civil flights
Pro-Russian separatists watch as Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors arrive at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
A pro-Russian separatist holds up a stuffed toy found at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
- ReutersU.S. President Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin had the most power to reduce the violence in Ukraine and had chosen not to do so. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
- Reader comment: NATO needs to admit Ukraine as a full member with immediate effect. Then NATO needs to push out the rebels with full military force and restore order to Ukraine.
- Reader comment: They need to do thorough investigation and then blame responsible parties. To this point is just an allegations. Ukrainians might have shot it themselves if they have the capabilities if they did not identified it properly. They need to check who to blame not put a blame on Russia all the time. Russia is not the enemy of the world.
- U.S. cannot rule out Russian help downing plane in Ukraine
(Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing an SA-11 surface-to-air missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told the U.N. Security Council that a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was "likely downed by a surface-to-air missile ... operated from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine."
"Because of the technical complexity of the SA-11, it is unlikely that the separatists could effectively operate the system without assistance from knowledgeable personnel. Thus we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating the systems," Power said.
- ReutersU.S. President Obama calls for immediate ceasefire in order for there to be a credible international investigation into the Malaysian plane crash. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
A woman writes messages during a special prayer for the victims of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Kuala Lumpur July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
- ReutersU.S. President Obama says at least one U.S. citizen killed in Malaysian plane crash that he calls an "outrage of unspeakable proportions." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
- Reader Comment: We have no business sending in the military to that region....
- ReutersThe U.S. says it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
- Reader Comment: So supporting violent groups is wrong. Interesting...
- Reader Comment: Obama said there is a lot of missinformation issued by Easterns
- President Obama's live address has now concluded. Thanks for watching and stay with us for breaking news on MH17 throughout the day.
- Obama says at this point, can only definitively say one passenger on the Malaysian plane was a U.S. citizen
- Obama says Putin has the most control over the violent situation in Ukraine
- This certainly will be a wakeup call for Europe and the world: Obama
- Obama says if Putin makes a decision not to allow armaments and flow of fighters into Ukraine, then it will stop
- Obama says it is not possible for the Ukraine separatists to function how they have without sophisticated training and equipment from Russia
- Obama says does not see a U.S. military role in the conflict beyond reassurances it has already provided to NATO Alliance
- Obama says U.S. has the capacity to increase sanctions on Russia and is prepared to do so
- Obama says too early to guess what were the intentions of those who launched the surface-to-air missile
- Obama says Russia, separatists and Ukraine all have a capacity to put an end to the fighting
- Obama says Russia, separatists and Ukraine must adhere to an immediate ceasefire
- Obama says separatists have received steady flow of support from Russia, including heave weapons and anti-aircraft weapons
- Obama says at least one U.S. citizen was killed on #MH17
- Time and again, Russia has refused to take the concrete steps to de-escalate the situation: Obama
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