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Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published July 18, 2014 at 7:12 a.m. Updated July 18, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.


President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Ukraine on Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama called for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, demands credible investigation of downed plane.

Malaysian passenger plane crashes in Ukraine

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Passengers' personal luggage is collected at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Uk...

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday said one American was killed on the plane downed over Ukraine. He said the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

The president called it a global tragedy in remarks from the White House, one day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed.

He called for a credible international investigation.

Meanwhile, emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield.

The attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations — including vacationers, students and a large contingent of scientists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia. At least 189 of the dead were from the Netherlands.

U.S. intelligence authorities said a surface-to-air missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, but they did not speculate on who fired it. The Ukrainian government in Kiev, the separatist pro-Russia rebels they are fighting and the Russia government that Ukraine accuses of supporting the rebels all denied shooting the plane down. Moscow also denies backing the rebels.

After holding an emergency session, the U.N. Security Council called for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the downing of the plane.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and urged the two sides to hold peace talks as soon as possible. A day earlier, Putin had blamed Ukraine for the crash, saying Kiev was responsible for the unrest in its Russian-speaking eastern regions. But he did not accuse Ukraine of shooting the plane down and did not address the key question of whether Russia gave the rebels such a powerful missile.

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JIMBOB47 says... July 18, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.

Sure.. the U.N. and Pres Obama are the same. 'We're going to investigate and get to the bottom of this". That's another way of saying, "not my problem, don't want anything to do with it, Bush did it, Putin did it, and I've got another fundraiser to get to".

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paladin123p06130833 says... July 18, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.

What did Reagan do when the Soviets shot down the KAL 747 killing over 250 people including an American member of congress?

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TomN says... July 18, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

What choice do we have? Bush's "cowboy diplomacy"? Shoot first..., ask questions later? Gotta establish the facts first... Vs. Afterward (as in, oops, there are no WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction?) Oh, sh$t! Can't turn back now! Damage done! Over 10 years later.... Country broke! Comprehend-e?

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FreeSpiritMan says... July 18, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

Jimbob47 ........ excels at blather, but never offers a suggestion as to what he would different.

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skhemer says... July 18, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.

let the cold war begin again no more bin laten to hunt got to keep them good ol boys in the defence industry in biz if I were a russ septrist why would I shoot down a plane that might be bring more supplys coming from russ air space watch Ukraine lie there way into getting U.S.A into their war

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Capitalist12 says... July 18, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

Surface to air missile used to bring down a plane in an area controlled by the pro-Russian terrorists. Hmm. Now who could have done this?
Putin is not hard to understand. He views America as weak under Obama. Obama has spied upon and insulted our allies. Obama has scrapped Bush's long-range missile-defense system in Europe while Russia maintains the world's largest nuclear arsenal and continues to modernize and upgrade its missile capabilities. Russia has taken 20% of Georgia, 100% of Crimea, and soon will invade Ukraine. (Currently he has approximately 10-12,000 troops on the border. Obama has retaliated with sanctions upon a few Russians, and Putin ignores this, naturally.
When the US was attacked by Al-Qaeda, President Bush went after those responsible. The world--and especially Putin- knew there was a price to be paid. No one fears the Obama's speeches or selective sanctions. Remember, it was Putin, not Obama, who got the chemical weapons out of Syria.
Like it or not, respect is based upon actions, not speeches. Obama has made the US weak, Putin knows this, and many believe this was Obama's goal all along.

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Garycmillerlawgmailcom says... July 18, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.

Entering a conflict on the Russian border would be stupendously dangerous. Forget about the Cold War; that would the way to start a Hot War.

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TomN says... July 18, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

Of course, we are all familiar with what JFK (definitely one of my favorite Presidents) said, "We speak softly, but carry a big stick." There is need for both but only at the appropriate time. For now, "we speak softly," with poise, confidence, resolution, and due diligence. And, when necessary, there is always "the big stick." But even then, we need not bring out "the big stick" when a ball-pin hammer will do. Our Special Ops (SOs) forces are eerily capable of doing things that would make the skin crawl, yet will never make the front page news, etc. Jeesh, let's not get stupid, again....

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TomN says... July 18, 2014 at 3:37 p.m.

O, and to be clear, I'm not advocating SOs.... Just saying, let's just be smart going forward.... Not everything has to be done "big" with swagger and bravado and "in your face" attitude.... Just be resolute, determined, and possess a long memory.... Time will catch up with the a-holes.... Putin included....

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Felina says... July 18, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.

Teddy Roosevelt [not JFK] popularized that Western African Proverb

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