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US: Russia Firing on Ukraine

State Department says Moscow also providing more big rocket-launchers

(Newser) - Global condemnation apparently hasn't fazed Vladimir Putin: The Obama administration today accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine to hit military sites and asserted that Moscow is boosting its supply of weaponry to pro-Russian separatists. "We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver... More »

Ukraine PM: Coalition Has Collapsed, I Quit

Arseniy Yatsenyuk announces his resignation in latest blow to reeling nation

(Newser) - Another day, another blow to Ukraine: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk took the dais in Parliament today to announce he's stepping down, reports the AP . "I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," said Yatsenyuk, saying that Parliament could no longer function after... More »

Ukraine Rebels Had Missile, Commander Admits

He accuses Ukraine of engineering crisis

(Newser) - Pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine did have a Buk missile system of the kind believed to have been used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a rebel commander admits. Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, tells Reuters that rebels in Luhansk had the missile system, but it's... More »

Ukraine: Rebels Shot Down 2 Fighter Jets

Defense Ministry says pair of fighters downed in the east

(Newser) - Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, the country's Defense Ministry is claiming. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down today at 6:30am Eastern (1:30pm local time) over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have... More »

US: No Direct Proof That Russia Did It

Missile that downed Malaysia Flight 17 might not be Russian: officials

(Newser) - Senior US intelligence officials said today that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have... More »

Russian Theory Blames Ukraine for MH17

Crash victims finally out of rebel-held territory

(Newser) - The investigation into what happened to Malaysia Airlines MH17 took big steps forward today, with victims' bodies finally arriving by train in a Ukraine town and Malaysia declaring that the black boxes are in "good condition." But Moscow, in the meantime, sought to cast doubt on the generally... More »

Rebels Release Bodies, Hand Over Black Boxes

US officials say 'rebel recording' is authentic

(Newser) - Bowing to international pressure today, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that evidence at the crash site was... More »

Obama to Putin, Rebels: What Are You Hiding?

Calls out Russia, rebels for impeding MH17 investigation

(Newser) - President Obama called out Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's pro-Russia militants, and the disgraceful handling of the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today, reports Politico . The president argued that investigators needed "immediate and full access to the crash site." "What exactly are they trying... More »

More Bodies Found in MH17's Chaotic Recovery

Refrigerated train cars storing the dead lost power overnight

(Newser) - Chaos continues to reign in Ukraine, where recovery efforts for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 lurch along amid political finger-pointing, the discovery of more bodies, and electrical outages in refrigerated train cars that contain more than 200 of the dead, reports the AP . Twenty-one more victims in body bags were pulled... More »

Ukraine Rebels: We've Got the Black Boxes

Say they'll turn them over to international authorities

(Newser) - Ukrainian rebels say they've recovered Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes today, and that they'll hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, reports the AP . The key find comes today as pro-Russia militants—who have taken criticism over the handling of victims —loaded the... More »

Obama Must Get Tougher Over 'Mr. Putin's War'

Washington Post, Wall Street Journal criticize US response

(Newser) - At his news conference yesterday , President Obama made clear that the US thinks pro-Russian separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet, and that they likely did so using Russian equipment. But he left it at that. "What was missing from the president’s comments was a clear moral conclusion... More »

Ukraine Says Rebels Destroying Plane Evidence

They're accused of removing bodies, wreckage

(Newser) - The chances of a "credible international investigation" taking place in the aftermath of this week's Malaysian Airlines crash seem to be dwindling by the hour. Ukraine today accused pro-Russian separatists of removing bodies and wreckage from the crash site without proper authorization, reports the BBC . Specifically, it says... More »

'Bodies Fell From the Sky'

So far 181 of those killed in MH17 crash have been found

(Newser) - You're sitting at home when you hear a noise—and before you realize what's happening, a woman's dead, naked body comes crashing through your roof and into your kitchen. That's what happened to Irina Tipunova yesterday when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded overhead. "There was... More »

One American Among Those Killed on Plane

President Obama calls for ceasefire and 'credible' investigation

(Newser) - One American was among the 298 people killed in yesterday's Malaysia Airlines crash , President Obama revealed today. The passenger was identified as Quinn Lucas Schansman, though few details about him were immediately available. The US ambassador to the UN said today that the latest US intelligence suggests the plane... More »

Putin Calls for Ceasefire in Ukraine

Russian president wants both sides to enter talks day after plane is shot down

(Newser) - One day after a Malaysia Airlines commercial airliner was shot down over Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is asking all involved parties in the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists for a ceasefire, saying “peace in Ukraine must prevail as soon as possible,” AP reports. In comments broadcast by Russian... More »

Woman Loses Family in Both Malaysia Flights

Australian Kaylene Mann lost a brother and now a stepdaughter

(Newser) - An Australian woman is mourning the loss of loved ones on a Malaysia Airlines flight for the second time this year. Kaylene Mann lost a brother and sister-in-law in the disappearance of Flight 370 in March. Now she's learned that her stepdaughter was aboard the plane that got shot... More »

Top AIDS Researchers Were on Doomed Plane

World experts were bound for Melbourne conference

(Newser) - As many as 108 of the 298 people killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were researchers, activists, and health workers bound for a major AIDS conference in Melbourne, delegates have been told. Among them was Dutch researcher Joep Lange, one of the world's top HIV experts. He had been... More »

Ukraine: We've Got Audio of Rebels Bragging About Plane

Recording hasn't been verified; suggests they thought it was military craft

(Newser) - Russia's response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is "deeply, deeply, unsatisfactory," says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, one of several world leaders demanding answers on the shooting down of the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine. Abbott says he wants the fullest investigation possible, as... More »

McCain: 'Hell to Pay' If Russia Is Linked to Crash

While Putin says Ukraine bears responsibility

(Newser) - With the evidence increasingly suggesting that today's jet crash over Ukraine was caused by a missile and not a mechanical failure, John McCain is burnishing his reputation as the Senate's top foreign policy hawk. While stressing that it's too early to know anything for sure, McCain said... More »

Plane Got Shot Down, Says US Intelligence

But officials don't know who fired the missile

(Newser) - US intelligence officials say that a surface-to-air missile did indeed bring down a passenger jet over Ukraine today, but they can't say who fired it or even which side of the border it came from, reports the Wall Street Journal . Both the Ukraine government and pro-Russian separatists have denied... More »

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