Malaysian jet, possibly shot down, crashes in Ukraine

A man walks on July 17, 2014 amongst the wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east UkraineA Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed Thursday in strife-torn east Ukraine, with US officials saying it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Ukraine’s government said the jet was shot down in a “terrorist act”, while comments attributed to a pro-Russia rebel chief suggested his men may have downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by mistake, believing it was a Ukrainian army transport plane. Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile said Kiev bore responsibility for the crash, which came as Ukrainian forces battle pro-Moscow insurgents in the east of the country. As Malaysian investigators headed to the scene, the UN Security Council called an emergency session on Friday to discuss the disaster — the second to strike the airline in just four months.

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