Malaysian plane downed over Ukraine

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iol news pic MOS76_UKRAINE-CRISIS-AIRPLANE-WITNESS_0717_11 REUTERS The site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash is seen at the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region. The Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER)

Kiev - Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have denied that they are responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.

Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister for the rebels, told The Associated Press the plane must have been shot down by Ukrainian government troops. He gave no proof for his statement, and Ukraine earlier denied shooting at any airborne targets.

A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.

Sapa-AP


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