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Friday, 18 July 2014

Obama calls for Ukraine cease-fire, blames Russia for downed passenger jet

[Puppet] President Obama on Friday called for all sides to “adhere to an immediate cease-fire” in eastern Ukraine and for international investigators to receive unfettered access to the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet that was shot down in territory controlled by Russian-backed separatist rebels.

Mr. Obama said that the evidence points to the separatists, who are armed and trained by Russia, firing the missile that brought down the Boeing 777 and killed all 298 passengers and crew aboard. But he said the final verdict of who was responsible would have to wait the outcome of a “credible international investigation.”

“Evidence must not be tampered with,” he demanded. 
“Investigators need to access the crash site and the solemn task of returning those who were lost on board the plane to their loved ones needs to go forward immediately.”
The shot-down passenger jet has inflamed already-tense relations between Washington and Moscow following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, formerly a part of Ukraine, and continued fighting by Russian-backed rebels along Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia.
The separatists have been slow to grant access to the crash site, as questions surfaces about what had happened to the planes “black box” data recorder.

The president also announced that one American citizen was among those killed on the plane.

“Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants, who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine,” Mr. Obama said in a speech at the White House. 
“Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.”
He stopped just short of assigning culpability for the tragedy to Russian President Vladimir Putin, though he blamed the former KGB spy for fueling the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
“The violence that is taking place there is facilitated in a large part by Russia,” Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Obama said the evidence so far indicates that the airliner was downed by a surface-to-air missile shot from rebel territory in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border.

He noted that the Russian-backed separatists had shot down several Ukraine military aircraft in recent weeks, including a transport plane and a helicopter. The rebels also clammed to have shot down a Ukraine fighter jet.

“Moreover, we know that these separatists have received a steady flow of support from Russia. This includes arms and training. It includes heavy weapons and it includes anti-aircraft weapons,” Mr. Obama said.

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