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Republicans urge tougher Russia sanctions after crash

A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a field near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014US Republican lawmakers urged tougher sanctions on Moscow Sunday after a Malaysian jet crash in Ukraine was blamed on Russian-backed separatists, with one congressman even bringing the World Cup into play. Referring to Thursday’s disaster as a game-changer, the lawmakers also took President Barack Obama to task for what they described as a lukewarm and cautious response to Moscow’s apparent support for the militants. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was blown out of the sky Thursday by what is believed to have been a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board. In what is the most unequivocal statement yet incriminating Russia in the incident, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the missile system was “transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists.”

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