Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane :: WRAL.comU.S. intelligence assessments suggest it is more likely pro-Russian separatists or the Russians rather than Ukrainian government forces (sic) shot down the plane
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
Malaysia Airlines MH17 'shot down' over Ukraine carrying 295 people | Mail OnlineDutch authorities have said that at least six Britons, 154 Dutch and 27 Australians were on board the doomed plane, and it is feared that up to 23 Americans and four French passengers had been killed.
Death toll is now 298. There were three infants on board as well.
Pro-Russian Rebel Commander: 'We Did Warn YouKIEV, Ukraine — As news broke of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 being downed in eastern Ukraine, the separatist’s shadowy commander with a pencil mustache issued a dark warning on social media.
Through his VK.com account, Russia’s version of Facebook, the self-proclaimed defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor Girkin — who goes by the nom de guerre Igor Strelkov — boasted about shooting down a plane.
"We did warn you — do not fly in our sky," he wrote.
Thinking it was a Ukrainian transport plane, Strelkov added that “a plane has just been downed somewhere around Torez, it lays there behind the 'Progress' mine,” referring to the mining town of some 80,000 people.
“And here is the video proving another 'bird' falling down,” he continued. “The bird went down behind a slagheap, not in a residential district. So no peaceful people were injured,” Strelkov wrote, adding that there is also information about a Ukrainian military plane shot down.
However, Strelkov deleted the post when he found out it was actually a commercial jetliner carrying 295 innocent people — not a military aircraft.
The State Department is reporting no American casualties are confirmed, so far.
From the BBC News Europe live text updates:
Malaysia Airlines has listed the nationalities on board: 154 Dutch, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 9 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, 1 Canadian, and 41 people of unverified nationalities.
Asked how many US passengers were on board, a US State Department official says: "At this point we do not have any confirmed information about casualties."
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