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Marc Champion

Malaysian Airliner Crash Should End Ukraine War

Whether or not pro-Russia separatists shot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine, the tragedy should be the catalyst to end this manufactured conflict.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had 295 people on board.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had 295 people on board.

Whether or not the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's claim that pro-Russia separatists shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine today proves true, the tragedy should be the catalyst to end this manufactured conflict.

What is known for now is that Malaysia airlines lost contact with a Boeing 777 as it passed through Ukrainian airspace, on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and crashed 30 miles from the Russian border with 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior ministry, said in a statement on Facebook the plane was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile while flying at 33,000 feet. According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the airliner suddenly lost altitude as it flew over the city of Donetsk, which is held by rebels and surrounded by Ukrainian military.