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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 'Shot Down In Ukraine Near Russian Border'

17/07/2014 16:28 | Updated 18 July 2014

Almost 300 people have died including reportedly, nine Britons, after a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was apparently shot down near the Russia - Ukraine border.

Flight MH17 - a Boeing 777-200ER travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur - was in transit over the war-torn region when it disappeared from radar screens.

All 295 people onboard, including 280 passengers and 15 crew members, are believed to have perished.

Graphic images and footage showed a pall of smoke, charred wreckage and bodies at the crash scene in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine village of Grabovo.

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These are the first images of aircraft debris from the scene

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Flight MH17 is said to have been flying at an altitude of 32,000ft when it was downed

Interfax news agency said the plane came down 20miles (50kms) short of entering Russian airspace.

It "began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory," an unnamed source said.

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As the drama unfolded, several other passenger jets were flying through Ukrainian airspace on one of the main routes from Europe to Asia for air traffic.

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The flight was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

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The route of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and where it was shot down

The jets path would have seen it flying at high altitude on an intercontinental flight that took it over the crisis hit region of Ukraine, where the authorities have accused Russia-backed separatists of previous attacks on aircraft.

Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor at Ukraine's interior ministry, told Bloomberg it was Ukrainian rebels who shot down the plane.

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Officials at the scene of the disaster in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine village of Grabovo

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Writing on his Facebook page, Gerashenko claimed the plane had been hit by a missile from a Buk launcher, which can fire up to an altitude of 22,000 meters (72,000 feet).

Earlier on Thursday the Ukrainian authorities said one of their fighter jets was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane and Ukrainian troops were fired upon by missiles from a village inside Russia.

A similar launcher was reported by journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne on Thursday.

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In this June 30, 2010 file photo, a Russian Buk-M2 air defence system is displayed at a military show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow

Andrew MacDonald, at defence analysts Vision Gain told HuffPost UK initial reports that pro-Russian rebels were responsible for downing the plane were "quite plausible".

He said: "Earlier today separatist fighters claimed to have shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 ground attack fighter in the area, so the goal may be to create a de-facto no-fly zone in the east of the country in a show of force after their ousting from Slovyansk.

"However, the aircraft will at that stage in its flight will have been cruising at a very high altitude – around 30,000 feet – so would have been well out of range of any shoulder-launched MANPADS weapons you might expect insurgent groups to possess.

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"This makes the Ukrainian interior minister’s claims that a BUK self-propelled SAM system was used quite possible, and such a substantial bit of kit would presumably have to have been provided by Russia.

"Whether or not this strike against a civilian airliner is a deliberate act of terrorism or the result of poorly trained, over-enthusiastic irregular forces, is currently unclear."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the downing an act of terrorism and called for an international investigation into the crash.

"We do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets," he said. "We are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible."

The self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," the pro-Russian separatist movement in southeastern Ukraine has denied involvement in the downing of the plane, gazeta.ru reports.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that he was "shocked and saddened" by the disaster and confirmed that Whitehall officials were meeting "to establish the facts".

US President Barack Obama said the downed plane "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" and vowed the US would offer any assistance necessary to determine the cause of the crash.

This afternoon Malaysia Airlines tweeted it had: "lost contact of [sic] of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow."

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Razak tweeted of his shock at the news.

The flight is understood to have been around four-and-a-half hours into its 11-and-a-half hour journey. It took off at 12.14pm from Amsterdam Schipol airport and was due to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.10am local time.

A UK Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of reports and we are urgently working to establish what has happened."

A Department for Transport spokesman said of the Malaysian Airlines crash: "Flights already airborne are being routed around the area by air traffic control in the region. Pilots around the world have been advised to plan routes that avoid the area by Eurocontrol, the European organisation for the safety of air navigation."

The incident brings tragedy to Malaysia Airlines for the second time this year.

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The flight tracker which reportedly shows the flight over Ukraine

07/25/2014 11:29 PM EDT

Document: EU Extends Russia Sanctions

A document shows that EU sanctions ar targeting Russian businesses, the AP reports:

A European Union document shows that among those targeted by the EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban are Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security.

Also targeted is Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB service that oversees international operations and intelligence activity.

Read the full story here.

07/25/2014 5:21 PM EDT

AP Journalists Saw Rebels With BUK Missiles Hours Before MH17 Crashed

Associated Press journalists in Ukraine saw a BUK missile system -- the type that the US says downed Flight MH17 -- in rebel hands just hours before the plane was shot down, the news agency says in detailed account of the day's events. AP says that while the rebels officially deny responsibility, "the denials are increasingly challenged by accounts of residents, the observations of journalists on the ground, and the statements of one rebel official." Further, one rebel official told AP that they were behind the plane tragedy.

More from the AP story:

A highly placed rebel, speaking to the AP this week, admitted that rebels were responsible. He said a unit based in the hometown of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, made up of both Russians and Ukrainians, was involved in the firing of an SA-11 from near Snizhne. The rebel, who has direct access to the inner circle of the insurgent leadership in Donetsk, said that he could not be named because he was contradicting the rebels' official line.

The rebels believed they were targeting a Ukrainian military plane, this person said. Instead, they hit the passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people aboard were killed.

Read the full account here.

07/25/2014 2:59 PM EDT

White House: Russia 'Culpable' For Downed Jet

In a briefing on Friday, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said there has been a "steady flow" of weapons from Russia into Ukraine, and emphasized the position that Russia played a role in the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch reports.

The Pentagon said on Friday that the transfer of missile systems from Russia to separatists in Ukraine appeared to be imminent. On Thursday, the U.S. claimed that Russia had fired on Ukrainian military positions.

07/25/2014 1:54 PM EDT

Ukrainian Security Release Tape Of Rebels Allegedly Discussing MH17

Ukraine's security service, SBU, on Friday released a recording it said was of a phone call between pro-Russian separatists discussing a plane overhead, minutes before the Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down over east Ukraine. “I see… Roger... Report it upstairs,” the rebel commander says, according to a translation.

Writing for Mashable, Christopher Miller notes that the recording has not been authenticated and the commander "stops short of giving the order to shoot down Flight 17," however the implication is clearly to build a case that the rebels shot down the plane.

07/25/2014 1:14 PM EDT

Russia Accuses U.S. Of 'Smear Campaign' Over Ukraine

Responding to U.S. officials assertion that Russia was firing artillery on Ukrainian military positions across the border, Russia on Friday countered by calling the claim a baseless "smear campaign,"AFP reports.

A statement from the Russian foreign ministry said, "Due to the smear campaign against us that the US Administration has begun... we reject the unfounded public insinuations that US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is spreading on a daily basis," adding that Harf has used "a basketful of these anti-Russian cliches," to influence perceptions of Russia. The statement refuted the U.S. State Departments claim on Russia targeting Ukraine military, saying "There are no facts or specifics about these falsehoods."

More from AFP.

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07/25/2014 1:06 PM EDT

U.S. Ambassador: 15,000 Russian Troops At Border

07/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT

More On The Remarks Out Of The Pentagon

Reuters reports:

The Pentagon said on Friday the transfer of heavy caliber multiple launch rocket systems from

Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent, with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over "potentially today."

"We have indications that the Russians intend to supply heavier and more sophisticated multiple launch rocket systems in the very near future," said Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, adding that the weapons were in the over-200mm range.

Warren indicated the weapons had been seen getting closer to the border and the Pentagon believed a transfer was imminent and "potentially today."

"We believe that they are able to transfer this equipment at any time, at any moment," he said.

07/25/2014 12:45 PM EDT

Pentagon Says Russia Is Readying Weapons For Transfer To Ukraine Rebels

07/25/2014 11:34 AM EDT

Australia To Send 100 Additional Police and Personnel To Secure Crash Site

Reuters reports:

(Reuters) - Australia will send 100 additional police and some defense force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers, some of whom will be armed, will join a contingent of 90 AFP officers already in London waiting for a deal with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to be approved by Ukraine's parliament.

"This is a humanitarian mission, with a clear and simple objective," Abbott told reporters. "I expect the operation on the ground in Ukraine, should the deployment go ahead, to last no longer than a few weeks."

Read the full story here.

07/25/2014 11:03 AM EDT

Russian Newspaper Runs Front Page Apology For MH17

A leading Russian newspaper has issued an apology on its front page, asking for forgiveness from the people of the Netherlands who lost their loved ones in the Malaysian Airlines plane crash. The front page of Novaya Gazeta on Friday featured the words "Vergeef ons, Nederlands" (Forgive Us, Netherlands) in bold above a heartbreaking image of the line of hearses carrying MH17 victim's bodies.

Read the full story on the Huffington Post here.

This is easily the loudest and longest fire I've heard in Donetsk.

— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 24, 2014

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Foreign correspondents report shelling in the city of Donetsk on Thursday night.

The soothing lullaby of shelling. The war creeps close and closer to Donetsk city centre.

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Dutch sending 40 unarmed military police to #MH17 crash site, want to "stabilise area": PM Rutte

— Charles Onians (@charlesonians) July 24, 2014

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Dutch sending 40 unarmed military police to #MH17 crash site, want to "stabilise area": PM Rutte

— Charles Onians (...Read More"},{"id":"376","created":"07/24/2014 3:23 PM EDT","title":"Gunmen Chase Investigators From Crash Site","tweet_link":"376_gunmen-chase-investigators-from-crash-site","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Gunmen chased investigators from the site where the Malaysian airliner crashed and \"lunatics\" were still making life difficult for those who wanted to find out what downed flight MH17, officials said on Thursday.

As foreign ministers from Australia and the Netherlands met Ukrainian officials to coordinate the investigation, the head of Ukraine's Emergency Situations Service and the chief of a Dutch police mission said their work at the site was being hampered.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, however, said there had been no incidents, and that they had been joined by experts from Malaysia and Australia, which lost 28 citizens in the crash.

The West has called for a thorough investigation into the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine to get justice for the 298 people who were killed, but have voiced concern that the rebels were preventing investigators from doing their job.

\"They took away our tents, the ones which were at our base camp,\" Serhiy Bochkovsky, the head of the emergencies service, told a news conference in the eastern city of Kharkiv from where the remains of the victims are starting their journey home.

\"We were allowed only our equipment and machinery and we were chased away at gunpoint.\"

He did not say when this happened.

Read the full story here.

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Reuters reports:

Gunmen chased investigators from the site where the Malaysian airliner crashed and \"lunatics\" were still making life difficult for those who wanted to find out what downed flight MH17, officials said on Thursday.

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U.S. says it has evidence Russian artillery is firing across border to attack Ukrainian military: State Dept.

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 24, 2014

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U.S. says it has evidence Russian artillery is firing across border to attack Ukrainian military: State Dept.

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) Read More"},{"id":"374","created":"07/24/2014 1:32 PM EDT","title":"PHOTOS: More Bodies Of MH17 Victims Arrive In The Netherlands","tweet_link":"374_photos-more-bodies-of-mh17-victims-arrive-in-the-netherlands","entry_text":"

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A convoy of hearses carry bodies and remains from those killed on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on July 24, 2014 in Boxtel, Netherlands. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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Dutch military personnel carry coffins containing the remains of the victims of the MH17 plane crash to a waiting hearse at the airbase in Eindhoven on July 24, 2014. (MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images)

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\nA convoy of hearses carry bodies and remains from those killed on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on July 24, 2014 in Boxtel, Netherlands. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)


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The Washington Post has an infographic showing information surrounding each of the aircraft that have been shot in Ukraine since May 2.

A look at where aircraft have been shot down in Ukraine since May http://t.co/3MYCSrUc6I pic.twitter.com/XCksOOaj02

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 24, 2014

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The Washington Post has an infographic showing information surrounding each of the aircraft that have been shot in Ukraine since May 2.

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From Reuters:

Investigators looking into the downing of MalaysiaAirlines flight MH17 have found no evidence that either of the aircraft's two black boxes were tampered with, the Dutch Safety Board, which is coordinating the investigation, said.

In a statement on Thursday, the Board said the data from theBoeing 777's flight data recorder had been successfully downloaded by investigators at Britain's Air Accident Investigation Branch. The other voice recorder was successfully read the day before.

World leaders had expressed concern that the black boxes, which could contain data vital to ascertaining the cause of the crash, may have been manipulated by Moscow-backed rebels who control the territory in which the aircraft crashed last week.

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From Reuters:

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BREAKING: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 24, 2014

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BREAKING: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 24, 2014Read More"},{"id":"370","created":"07/24/2014 10:18 AM EDT","title":"Russian Ambassador To Malaysia: Russia To Cooperate With The Investigation Into Flight MH17","tweet_link":"370_russian-ambassador-to-malaysia-russia-to-cooperate-with-the-investigation-into-flight-mh17","entry_text":"

(Reuters) - Russia will cooperate with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner a week ago and is satisfied that the Netherlands, rather than Ukraine, is leading the effort, the country's ambassador to Malaysia said on Thursday.

Reuters explains:

The norm under rules set down by the United Nation's civil aviation body (ICAO) is that an air investigation is led by the state in whose territory the plane crash, but Russia had said that Ukraine should not take charge because the rebels who control the crash site did not trust the authorities in Kiev.

Read the full story here.

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Ukrainian journalist working as fixer for CNN abducted http://t.co/6T7gX2AIOn

— Luke Johnson (@johnson) July 24, 2014

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Ukrainian journalist working as fixer for CNN abducted http://t.co/6T7gX2AIOn

— Luke Johnson (@johnson) Read More"},{"id":"368","created":"07/24/2014 5:05 AM EDT","title":"Australia Sends Police To Ukraine","tweet_link":"368_australia-sends-police-to-ukraine","entry_text":"

Fifty Australian police officers are heading to Ukraine to help secure the Malaysian plane crash site, The Associated Press reported.

The officers will work as part of an international team under United Nations' authority, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Click here for more.

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Fifty Australian police officers are heading to Ukraine to help secure the Malaysian plane crash site, The Associated Press reported.

Th...Read More"},{"id":"367","created":"07/24/2014 4:31 AM EDT","title":"More Crash Victims To Leave Ukraine","tweet_link":"367_more-crash-victims-to-leave-ukraine","entry_text":"

The remains of victims of the July 17 Malaysia Airlines crash have been loaded aboard two military transports.

According to The Associated Press, two military planes holding 51 containers of bodies and body parts are ready to fly from Kharkiv to the Netherlands, Ukraine's government said.

For more, click here.

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The remains of victims of the July 17 Malaysia Airlines crash have been loaded aboard two military transports.

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Ukraine's ambassador to the United States Olexander Motsyk leveled blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 firmly with Russia, writing for CNN, \"This appalling event would not have happened had Russia not launched its aggression against Ukraine.\"

Motsyk points to evidence that the missiles suspected of felling the plane were supplied by Russia and ongoing Russian support for rebels in Ukraine, claiming \"terrorists continue killing civilians, destroying infrastructure and shooting down Ukrainian planes with Russian weapons.\"

He urges Russia to \"immediately stop supporting terrorists acting in eastern Ukraine and to discontinue supplies of mercenaries and weapons across the border.\"

Read the article at CNN.

-- Andrew Hart

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Ukraine's ambassador to the United States Olexander Motsyk leveled blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 firmly with Russia, wri...Read More"},{"id":"365","created":"07/23/2014 10:17 PM EDT","title":"Australia Foreign Minister Vows To Help Secure Crash Site","tweet_link":"365_australia-foreign-minister-vows-to-help-secure-crash-site","entry_text":"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop vowed to provide whatever support would be needed to secure the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine. She announced that she would be tarveling to Ukraine to discuss the process of securing the site with other leaders. There has been concern over rebels' control of the site has led to crucial evidence being tampered with or allowed to go without examination for too long.

37 Australians were aboard the plane downed last week. Bishop held that Australia's first priority was repatriating its citizens and residents aboard the plane, next would be securing the site. It is being reported that Australian troops could be sent to help secure the site.

Bishop's statement said, \"We stand ready to provide whatever support or resources are needed.\"

More from the AP here.

-- Andrew Hart

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A scholar of Russia and the Cold War argues that the downing of Malaysia Airlines and the Ukrainian fighter jets shot down in the eastern part of the country point to a trend of Russia's role in such incidents.

Mark Kramer of Harvard writes for CNN, \"even if the downing of the airliner had been deliberate, it would not have been unprecedented. Indeed, on numerous occasions, insurgents armed by Moscow have deliberately shot down civilian planes.\" He goes on to reference incidents from the 1970s to 1990s where insurgents that targeted aircraft had apparent Soviet and Russian support.

Read the article on CNN here.

-- Andrew Hart

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A scholar of Russia and the Cold War argues that the downing of Malaysia Airlines and the Ukrainian fighter jets shot down in the eastern part of the country point to a Read More"},{"id":"363","created":"07/23/2014 6:34 PM EDT","title":"UN: Cockpit Voice Recorder In Good Condition","tweet_link":"363_un-cockpit-voice-recorder-in-good-condition","entry_text":"

BuzzFeed carries Reuters report on the examination of key evidence from the downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

.@UN Aviation Body Says Malaysian Flight 17 Cockpit Voice Recorder Is In "Good Condition", Data Recorder Still Being Examined (@Reuters)

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 23, 2014

More from Reuters

-- Andrew Hart

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Australian couple Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris, who lost their three children in the MH17 crash, as well as Rin Norris' father, penned a devastating open letter describing their grief. \"Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell,\" they write, in the letter published by Perth News.

Their children, Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis, 8 , were returning home from vacation in Amsterdam on the Malaysia Airlines flight, the newspaper reports.

The letter continues:

\"No one deserves what we are going through.

Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.\"

Read the full letter on Perth News here.

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Australian couple Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris, who lost their three children in the MH17 crash, as well as Rin Norris' father, penned a devastating open letter describing their grief. \"Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell...Read More"},{"id":"361","created":"07/23/2014 4:31 PM EDT","title":"U.S. Officials: Russian Troops Moving Towards Ukraine Border","tweet_link":"361_us-officials-russian-troops-moving-towards-ukraine-border","entry_text":"

As the U.S. investigates whether the shots that took down two Ukrainian military fighter jets in eastern Ukraine were fired upon from the Russia side of the border, U.S. officials claim that Russia has been taking position near the border with eastern Ukraine.

CNN reports:

Some of the 12,000-15,000 Russian troop near the eastern Ukraine border have broken up into smaller groups and moved within five miles or less of the border, and some are even positioned right at the border, according to two U.S. officials.

Russian troops moving closer to Ukraine border, two U.S. officials say. http://t.co/uMCr2bJ8sO

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 23, 2014

-- Andrew Hart

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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Russia is continuing to send weapons over its border into Ukraine.

Even after #MH17, Russia is still sending “weapons, tanks, rocket systems” to Ukraine, U.S. Ambo @GeoffPyatt tells mehttp://cnn.it/1kV9AfX

— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) July 23, 2014

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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Russia is continuing to send weapons over its border into Ukraine.

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NATO continues to see evidence of movement of weapons into Ukraine from Russia since downing of #MH17 - NATO military officer. @Reuters

— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) July 23, 2014

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NATO continues to see evidence of movement of weapons into Ukraine from Russia since downing of #MH17 - NATO military officer. Read More"},{"id":"358","created":"07/23/2014 3:51 PM EDT","title":"CNN: UK Finds No Damage To MH17 Cockpit Voice Recorder","tweet_link":"358_cnn-uk-finds-no-damage-to-mh17-cockpit-voice-recorder","entry_text":"

UK finds no damage to #MH17 cockpit voice recorder; reports it's intact and data downloaded; examination of FDR begins tomorrow #CNN

— Jason Morrell (@CNNJason) July 23, 2014

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UK finds no damage to #MH17 cockpit voice recorder; reports it's intact and data downloaded; examination of FDR begins tomorrow Read More"},{"id":"357","created":"07/23/2014 1:14 PM EDT","title":"Reuters: Rebel Commander Confirms Separatists Had BUK Missile","tweet_link":"357_reuters-rebel-commander-confirms-separatists-had-buk-missile","entry_text":"

A separatist commander in Eastern Ukraine confirmed to Reuters that rebels had access to the type of anti-aircraft missiles that is believed to have been used to down Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Alexander Khodakovsky also told the news service that the system may have been brought in from Russia, and may already have crossed the border back into Russia.

\"I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR,\" he said, referring to the Luhansk People's Republic, the main rebel group operating in Luhansk, one of two rebel provinces along with Donetsk, the province where the crash took place.

\"That BUK I know about. I heard about it. I think they sent it back. Because I found out about it at exactly the moment that I found out that this tragedy had taken place. They probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its presence,\" Khodakovsky told Reuters on Tuesday.

Read the full story here.

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A separatist commander in Eastern Ukraine confirmed to Reuters that rebels had access to the type of anti-aircraft missiles that is believed to have been used to down Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Alexander Khodakovsky also told the news service that th...Read More"},{"id":"356","created":"07/23/2014 12:23 PM EDT","title":"Dutch Investigators Find No Evidence of Tampering In Black Boxes","tweet_link":"356_dutch-investigators-find-no-evidence-of-tampering-in-black-boxes","entry_text":"

Dutch air accident investigators say they have found no evidence that MH17 black boxes were tampered with - @Reuters http://t.co/oxmeZTUc1J

— Breaking News Travel (@breakingtravel) July 23, 2014

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Dutch air accident investigators say they have found no evidence that MH17 black boxes were tampered with - @Reuters h...Read More"},{"id":"355","created":"07/23/2014 12:01 PM EDT","title":"Rebels Post Video Claiming To Show Downed Ukrainian Fighter Jets","tweet_link":"355_rebels-post-video-claiming-to-show-downed-ukrainian-fighter-jets","entry_text":"

Kiev says two Ukrainian fighters were shot down near #MH17 site from Russia http://t.co/Mje7VYccvP rebels post video https://t.co/AApUNe17TB

— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 23, 2014

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Kiev says two Ukrainian fighters were shot down near #MH17 site from Russia http://t.co/Mje7VYccvP r...Read More"},{"id":"354","created":"07/23/2014 11:57 AM EDT","title":"Samantha Power Pays Condolences At Malaysian, Dutch U.N. Missions","tweet_link":"354_samantha-power-pays-condolences-at-malaysian-dutch-un-missions","entry_text":"

At Malaysian & Dutch Missions to give my condolences. #MH17 victims deserve dignity, their families deserve justice. pic.twitter.com/Xgc0lT6wHJ

— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) July 23, 2014

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At Malaysian & Dutch Missions to give my condolences. #MH17 victims deserve dignity, their families deserve justice. Read More"},{"id":"353","created":"07/23/2014 11:55 AM EDT","title":"German Politicians Call On FIFA To Move The World Cup From Russia","tweet_link":"353_german-politicians-call-on-fifa-to-move-the-world-cup-from-russia","entry_text":"

German politicians called on the international soccer association FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup tournament from Russia, Reuters reports. But the Dutch soccer association (KNVB) said it would prefer to postpone the discussion for now.

More from Reuters:

“The association is well aware that a future World Cup in Russia will stir a lot of emotion among Soccer lovers and the next of kin in the Netherlands,\" the KNVB said.

“Standing still to remember our enormous loss is now the priority. The KNVB believes it would be more appropriate to hold the discussion over the future World Cup in Russia at a later time once the investigation into the disaster is completed.”

","short_text":"

German politicians called on the international soccer association FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup tournament from Russia, Reuters reports....Read More"},{"id":"352","created":"07/23/2014 11:23 AM EDT","title":"Dutch Safety Board Takes Charge Of Investigation","tweet_link":"352_dutch-safety-board-takes-charge-of-investigation","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

The Dutch Safety Board said on Wednesday it had taken charge of an international investigation into the crash last week in Ukraine of a Malaysian airliner in which 298 people died, the majority from the Netherlands.

In a statement, the authority said it would coordinate a team of 24 investigators from Ukraine, Malaysia, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia and the International Civil Aviation Organization. It said four Dutch investigators were operating in Ukraine.

The authority said it would look at whether the Boeing 777's black box flight data recorders had been tampered with. It said it would also conduct separate investigations into the decision-making processes behind flight routes and the availability of passenger lists.

","short_text":"

Reuters reports:

The Dutch Safety Board said on Wednesday it had taken charge of an international in...Read More"},{"id":"351","created":"07/23/2014 11:22 AM EDT","title":"NATO's Role In Ukraine","tweet_link":"351_natos-role-in-ukraine","entry_text":"

University of California Political scientist Heidi Hardt analyzes in a Washington Post article what NATO's options are in responding to the MH17 crash. \"The 28-member-state transatlantic security organization represents one of the few international actors with the capabilities and potential political will to act,\" she writes.

","short_text":"

University of California Political scientist Heidi Hardt analyzes in a Washington Post article what NATO's options are in resp...Read More"},{"id":"350","created":"07/23/2014 11:00 AM EDT","title":"Emotional Scenes At Eindhoven Airport","tweet_link":"350_emotional-scenes-at-eindhoven-airport","entry_text":"

An official from eindhoven airport tells me that there are around 1000 relatives of the crash victims here to watch the coffins return #mh17

— Rachel Defriez (@racheldefriez) July 23, 2014

Dutch King and Queen holding hands as #MH17 coffins arrive #NL #bringthemhome pic.twitter.com/T80D0QWIoD via @NOS

— Bertine L. Moenaff (@Bertine83) July 23, 2014

People are even standing on flyovers, waiting for the procession of MH17 victims pic.twitter.com/aqlTW9ZFre Via ANWB

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

An official from eindhoven airport tells me that there are around 1000 relatives of the crash victims here to watch the coffins return #mh17

&mdas...Read More"},{"id":"349","created":"07/23/2014 10:42 AM EDT","title":"AFP: Kiev Claims Missiles That Shot Down Fighter Jets Came From Russia","tweet_link":"349_afp-kiev-claims-missiles-that-shot-down-fighter-jets-came-from-russia","entry_text":"

#BREAKING: Missiles that shot down two fighter jets fired from Russia: Kiev

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

#BREAKING: Missiles that shot down two fighter jets fired from Russia: Kiev

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) Read More"},{"id":"348","created":"07/23/2014 10:31 AM EDT","title":"Dutch Mayor Wants Putin's Daughter Expelled","tweet_link":"348_dutch-mayor-wants-putins-daughter-expelled","entry_text":"

The Guardian reports that the mayor of a Dutch town publicly called for Putin's daughter to be expelled from the Netherlands. Maria Putin is believed to live in Voorschoten in the Netherlands with her Dutch boyfriend.

Mayor Pieter Broertjes made the remarks during a radio interview on Wednesday. He later apologized for his comments by saying they were \"not wise.\"

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

The Guardian reports that the mayor of a Dutch town publicly called for Putin's daughter to be expelled from the Netherlands. Maria Putin is believed to live in Voorschoten in the Netherlands with her Dutch boyfriend.

Mayor Pieter Broertjes made...Read More"},{"id":"346","created":"07/23/2014 10:12 AM EDT","title":"PHOTOS: MH17 Victims Arrive At Eindhoven Airport","tweet_link":"346_photos-mh17-victims-arrive-at-eindhoven-airport","entry_text":"

"Finally, they are home". The two airplanes with the victims of mh17 arrived in The Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/XrDhWOWPAM

— Brenda StoterBoscolo (@BrendaStoter) July 23, 2014

Church bells ringing in The Netherlands. The plane, bringing our dead home, about to land. One minute of silence throughout the land. #MH17

— Arjen de Wolff (@adewolff) July 23, 2014

Minute of silence now #MH17 #NL pic.twitter.com/T717za4TmO

— Bertine L. Moenaff (@Bertine83) July 23, 2014

Flags from many nations at half staff at Eindhoven Airport pic.twitter.com/69A4D7QXF6

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

"Finally, they are home". The two airplanes with the victims of mh17 arrived in The Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/XrDhWOWPAM

— Brenda StoterBoscolo (@...Read More"},{"id":"345","created":"07/23/2014 10:08 AM EDT","title":"Dutch King And Queen Wait For Coffins From Plane","tweet_link":"345_dutch-king-and-queen-wait-for-coffins-from-plane","entry_text":"

BBC foreign correspondent Matthew Price reports:

Dutch king and queen stand and wait for the first coffins to be brought out of the planes.

— Matthew Price (@BBCMatthewPrice) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

BBC foreign correspondent Matthew Price reports:

Dutch king and queen stand and wait for the first coffins to be brought out of the planes.

— Matthew Price (@BBCMatthewPrice) ...Read More"},{"id":"344","created":"07/23/2014 10:03 AM EDT","title":"Journalists 'Banned' From Conflict Areas By Rebels","tweet_link":"344_journalists-banned-from-conflict-areas-by-rebels","entry_text":"

Ukraine rebels ban reporters from conflict areas. Somehow doubt this will apply to LifeNews. http://t.co/2uPzDhenwp

— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

Ukraine rebels ban reporters from conflict areas. Somehow doubt this will apply to LifeNews. http://t.co/2uPzDhenwp

— max seddon (@maxseddon) Read More"},{"id":"343","created":"07/23/2014 10:00 AM EDT","title":"UPDATE: Dutch Military Plane Lands Safely In Eindhoven","tweet_link":"343_update-dutch-military-plane-lands-safely-in-eindhoven","entry_text":"

CLARIFIES: Dutch military plane carrying Malaysia Airlines bodies lands in Eindhoven.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

CLARIFIES: Dutch military plane carrying Malaysia Airlines bodies lands in Eindhoven.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July ...Read More"},{"id":"342","created":"07/23/2014 9:52 AM EDT","title":"Dutch Military Plane Crash Lands","tweet_link":"342_dutch-military-plane-crash-lands","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.

— The Associated Press (@AP) ...Read More"},{"id":"341","created":"07/23/2014 9:51 AM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Farewell Message From People Of Kharkiv","tweet_link":"341_photo-farewell-message-from-people-of-kharkiv","entry_text":"

As the plane taxis, a farewell message from the people of Kharkiv to #MH17 victims pic.twitter.com/h6A66JMRmg

— Kevin Bishop (@bishopk) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

As the plane taxis, a farewell message from the people of Kharkiv to #MH17 victims pic.twitter.com/h6A66JMRmg

Read More"},{"id":"340","created":"07/23/2014 9:48 AM EDT","title":"The Heartbreaking Last Hours Of MH17's Victims","tweet_link":"340_the-heartbreaking-last-hours-of-mh17s-victims","entry_text":"

The Associated Press gives a heartbreaking account of the last hours of several passengers of MH17 before they boarded the plane.

From the story:

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. \"Mama, may I hug you?\"

Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who'd been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel and his big brother Shaka at the airport so they could catch Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the first leg of their journey to Bali to visit their grandmother.

Read the full report here.

","short_text":"

The Associated Press gives a heartbreaking account of the last hours of several passengers of MH17 before they boarded the plane.

From the ...Read More"},{"id":"339","created":"07/23/2014 9:47 AM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Somber Ceremony At Kharkiv Airport","tweet_link":"339_photo-somber-ceremony-at-kharkiv-airport","entry_text":"

\"ukraine\"

Ukrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 23, 2014. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

","short_text":"


\nUkrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 23, 2014. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"338","created":"07/23/2014 9:40 AM EDT","title":"Ukrainian Fighter Jets Shot Down","tweet_link":"338_ukrainian-fighter-jets-shot-down","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

","short_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have b...Read More"},{"id":"337","created":"07/23/2014 9:05 AM EDT","title":"Dutch Prepare For Arrival Of First Plane","tweet_link":"337_dutch-prepare-for-arrival-of-first-plane","entry_text":"

The first plane carrying the remains of the passengers aboard flight MH17 will arrive in the Netherlands later today. This is how some organizations and businesses across the Netherlands will mark the moment.

The Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reports:

- Shops at the international airport of Schiphol will stop playing music. The terminal will observe a minute of silence at 4 pm local time.

- KLM, as well as large corporations like Shell, Philips and Randstad will also observe a minute of silence.

- Movies in certain theaters will be stopped at the time of the plane's arrival. Other movies will start later.

- Several amusement parks will halt all music and attractions around 4 pm.

- Soccer teams were asked to observer a minute of silence ahead of games.

","short_text":"

The first plane carrying the remains of the passengers aboard flight MH17 will arrive in the Netherlands later today. This is how some organizations and businesses across the Netherlands will mark the moment.

The Dutch newspaper Read More"},{"id":"336","created":"07/23/2014 8:29 AM EDT","title":"Report: Rebels Planned To Sabotage Crash Site","tweet_link":"336_report-rebels-planned-to-sabotage-crash-site","entry_text":"

Sky News reports that pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine planned to sabotage the MH17 investigation by scattering parts of other planes at the crash site:

​UK intelligence officials have gathered evidence that indicates pro-Russian separatists discussed removing victims' remains from the fields of Grabavo, where the plane was shot down.

Sky sources in Whitehall added that the rebels also considered sending the black boxes to Moscow.​

Read more at Sky News.

","short_text":"

Sky News reports that pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine planned to sabotage the MH17 investigation by scattering parts of other planes at the crash site:

​UK intelligence officials have gathered evidence that indicates pro-Ru...Read More"},{"id":"335","created":"07/23/2014 6:02 AM EDT","title":"Malaysian Airliner's Black Boxes Arrive In Britain","tweet_link":"335_malaysian-airliners-black-boxes-arrive-in-britain","entry_text":"

The black box flight recorders from Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 have arrived in Britain, Reuters reported.

The Boeing 777 was reportedly shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17. Colonel Mohamed Sakri of Malaysian National Security Council said the black boxes are a bit damaged, but still intact.

For more, click here.

","short_text":"

The black box flight recorders from Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 have arrived in Britain, Reuters reported.

The Boeing 777 was ...Read More"},{"id":"334","created":"07/23/2014 4:59 AM EDT","title":"Dutch Royalty To Lead Day Of Mourning","tweet_link":"334_dutch-royalty-to-lead-day-of-mourning","entry_text":"

The king and queen of the Netherlands plan to hold a day of mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Wednesday.

According to The Scotsman, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will be in Eindhoven to meet with the victims' relatives and to participate in a nationwide minute of silence.

Click here for more.

","short_text":"

The king and queen of the Netherlands plan to hold a day of mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Wednesday.

According to The Scotsman, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will be in Eindhoven to Read More"},{"id":"333","created":"07/23/2014 4:57 AM EDT","title":"Ukraine Prepares To Ship Crash Victims' Bodies To The Netherlands","tweet_link":"333_ukraine-prepares-to-ship-crash-victims-bodies-to-the-netherlands","entry_text":"

Coffins laid out for a simple tribute before they leave for the Netherlands #mh17 pic.twitter.com/8tBrRxRNxG

— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

Coffins laid out for a simple tribute before they leave for the Netherlands #mh17 pic.twitter.com/8tBrRxRNxG

...Read More"},{"id":"332","created":"07/23/2014 2:56 AM EDT","title":"Ukrainians Grieve For Lost Passengers","tweet_link":"332_ukrainians-grieve-for-lost-passengers","entry_text":"

#MH17: Villagers in eastern Ukraine hold memorial for victims http://t.co/qilhqY8Een pic.twitter.com/J52LNKPsIO

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 23, 2014

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#MH17: Villagers in eastern Ukraine hold memorial for victims http://t.co/qilhqY8Een Read More"},{"id":"331","created":"07/23/2014 12:43 AM EDT","title":"Netherlands Honors MH17 Victims","tweet_link":"331_netherlands-honors-mh17-victims","entry_text":"

Today a national day of mourning in the #Netherlands for victims of #MH17, also at #Nairobi and other #NL embassies pic.twitter.com/aWyMJSSozP

— NL ambassador Kenya (@JoostReintjes) July 23, 2014

","short_text":"

Today a national day of mourning in the #Netherlands for victims of #MH17, also at Read More"},{"id":"330","created":"07/22/2014 7:02 PM EDT","title":"REPORT: US Confirms Authenticity Of Smoking Gun Phone Call ","tweet_link":"330_report-us-confirms-authenticity-of-smoking-gun-phone-call-","entry_text":"

U.S. intelligence confirms authenticity of phone calls intercepted by Ukraine where rebels discussed positioning of missiles. More, now.

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 22, 2014

","short_text":"

U.S. intelligence confirms authenticity of phone calls intercepted by Ukraine where rebels discussed positioning of missiles. More, now.

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) Read More"},{"id":"329","created":"07/22/2014 6:40 PM EDT","title":"'Specific Missile' Tracked, Circumstantial Evidence 'Implicates Russia'","tweet_link":"329_specific-missile-tracked-circumstantial-evidence-implicates-russia","entry_text":"

A senior U.S. administration official said Tuesday that intelligence resources have tracked the “specific missile” used in striking the plane. The official also added that, although they don't know who was operating the system on the day of the attack, evidence suggested Russia was providing arms and training which \"adds up to a picture that implicates Russia.”

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

A senior U.S. administration official said Tuesday that intelligence resources have tracked the “specific missile” used in striking the plane. The official also added that, although they don't know who was operating the system on the day of the att...Read More"},{"id":"328","created":"07/22/2014 6:04 PM EDT","title":"'Solid Case'","tweet_link":"328_solid-case","entry_text":"

In a piece published on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal details the evidence presented by U.S. intelligence officials about the downing of flight MH17. The newspaper notes that U.S. intelligence detected a surface-to-air missile launch at the time the Malaysian airliner was hit and established that there has been a growing flow of weapons from Russia to separatists over the last month. U.S. investigators also say they believe Russians have provided rebels with training on antiaircraft weapons. In addition, separatists are known to have downed more than a dozen aircraft during the conflict.

There is a \"solid case it was an SA-11 fired from Eastern Ukraine under conditions created by Russia,\" a top U.S. intelligence official said, according to WSJ.

Read the full report here.

","short_text":"

In a piece published on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal details the evidence presented by U.S. intelligence officials about the downing of flight MH17. The newspaper notes that U.S. intelligence detected a surface-to-air missile launch at the time the...Read More"},{"id":"327","created":"07/22/2014 5:15 PM EDT","title":"More On The U.S. Intelligence Report","tweet_link":"327_more-on-the-us-intelligence-report","entry_text":"

From the Associated Press:

Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

They say the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and that Russia \"created the conditions\" for the downing by arming the separatists.

The officials briefed reporters Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298 people.

They said they didn't know if any Russians were present at the missile launch, and they wouldn't say that the missile crew was trained in Russia.

A senior official said the most likely explanation was the plane was shot down by mistake.

","short_text":"

From the Associated Press:

Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government in...Read More"},{"id":"326","created":"07/22/2014 5:03 PM EDT","title":"U.S. Officials: Intel Suggests Plane Shot Down By Rebels, No Russia Link","tweet_link":"326_us-officials-intel-suggests-plane-shot-down-by-rebels-no-russia-link","entry_text":"

BREAKING: US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 22, 2014

","short_text":"

BREAKING: US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Read More"},{"id":"325","created":"07/22/2014 3:57 PM EDT","title":"Rebels May Have Returned Fewer Bodies Than Promised","tweet_link":"325_rebels-may-have-returned-fewer-bodies-than-promised","entry_text":"

Agence France Presse reports:

Pro-Russian insurgents said Monday they had released the bodies of 282 victims after they were sent by refrigerated train to the government-controlled town of Kharkiv, some 300 kilometres to the northwest.

But Dutch experts now in possession of the corpses said Tuesday they had only counted 200 on the morgue train.

\"We are sure of having 200 bodies and body parts, that is all that I know,\" said Jan Tuinder, the head of the Dutch delegation told journalists.

Flight MH17 was apparently brought down by a missile on Thursday with 298 people on board, including 193 Dutch citizens.

","short_text":"

Agence France Presse reports:

Pro-Russian insurgents said Monday they had released the b...Read More"},{"id":"324","created":"07/22/2014 3:25 PM EDT","title":"PHOTOS: Ukrainian Villagers Hold Service For Crash Victims","tweet_link":"324_photos-ukrainian-villagers-hold-service-for-crash-victims","entry_text":"

\"malaysia

A woman cries during a religious service held by villagers in memory of the victims at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

\"malaysia

A woman carries icons before a religious service held by villagers in memory of the victims at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

","short_text":"

A woman cries during a religious service held by villagers in memory of the victims at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A woman carri...Read More"},{"id":"323","created":"07/22/2014 2:55 PM EDT","title":"NYT: Putin's Speech On Ukraine Sought To Reassure Russia","tweet_link":"323_nyt-putins-speech-on-ukraine-sought-to-reassure-russia","entry_text":"

The New York Times explainsthat Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech on the situation in Ukraine aimed to reassure the country's citizens that the crisis following the crash of flight MH17 will not escalate.

\"We are being called on to use our influence with the separatists in southeastern Ukraine. We of course will do everything in our power but that is not nearly enough,\" Putin said earlier on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

The Times' Moscow Bureau Chief Neil MacFarquhar writes:

Russians had been buzzing about what Mr. Putin might say because, uncharacteristically, the meeting with his defense and security chiefs was publicized 24 hours in advance, prompting rumors that Mr. Putin might announce that a peacekeeping force was moving into Ukraine.

Instead, by repeating long-held foreign policy positions and stressing again that Russia would cooperate with the investigation, analysts said the president seemed to want to lower the temperature caused by months of escalating pressure on Russia because of Ukraine.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

The New York Times explainsthat Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech on the s...Read More"},{"id":"322","created":"07/22/2014 2:30 PM EDT","title":"Dutch Declare National Day Of Mourning","tweet_link":"322_dutch-declare-national-day-of-mourning","entry_text":"

From the Associated Press:

The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The country's king and queen will be at an air base in Eindhoven to greet two military planes that are scheduled to arrive around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) Wednesday carrying the first victims' remains.

The government said Tuesday that church bells can be rung during the day and for the five minutes preceding the flights' arrival. Dignitaries will then observe a minute's silence and \"everybody can join in.\"

","short_text":"

From the Associated Press:

The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares ...Read More"},{"id":"321","created":"07/22/2014 2:17 PM EDT","title":"U.S. To Reveal Intelligence On MH17","tweet_link":"321_us-to-reveal-intelligence-on-mh17","entry_text":"

U.S. to reveal intelligence today that supports claims that missile that downed #MH17 came from separatist-controlled area: State Dept.

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 22, 2014

","short_text":"

U.S. to reveal intelligence today that supports claims that missile that downed #MH17 came from separatist-controlled area: State Dept.Read More"},{"id":"320","created":"07/22/2014 2:07 PM EDT","title":"What Obama Wrote In Dutch Embassy Condolence Book","tweet_link":"320_what-obama-wrote-in-dutch-embassy-condolence-book","entry_text":"

Defense One's Molly O'Toole shares on Twitter:

What Obama wrote in the condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy today: pic.twitter.com/22FV2B8FiN

— Molly O'Toole (@mollymotoole) July 22, 2014

","short_text":"

Defense One's Molly O'Toole shares on Twitter:

What Obama wrote in the condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy today: pic.twitter.com/22FV2B8FiNRead More"},{"id":"319","created":"07/22/2014 1:54 PM EDT","title":"OSCE Says Human Remains Still Present At Crash Site","tweet_link":"319_osce-says-human-remains-still-present-at-crash-site","entry_text":"

OSCE says human remains still present at #MH17 crash site in Eastern Ukraine, recovery efforts appear halted

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 22, 2014

","short_text":"

OSCE says human remains still present at #MH17 crash site in Eastern Ukraine, recovery efforts appear halted

— Reuters Top Ne...Read More"},{"id":"318","created":"07/22/2014 1:52 PM EDT","title":"France Will Deliver First Warship to Russia","tweet_link":"318_france-will-deliver-first-warship-to-russia","entry_text":"

Reuters reports on French President Francois Hollande's decision to go against his country's international allies by following through with a deal to deliver a warship to Russia.

From Reuters:

President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing the objections as hypocritical.

Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would be handed over on schedule in October but a decision on a second would depend on Russia's attitude.

It was the clearest signal yet that Paris will go through with the controversial deal despite the Ukraine crisis and came only hours after British Prime Minister David Cameron said it would be \"unthinkable\" for his country to fulfil such an order.

The United States has also said it opposes the sale, which has exposed France to criticism that it is putting its own interests ahead of Western solidarity over Ukraine.

\"Hollande is not backing down. He is delivering the first (ship) despite the fact he is being asked not to,\" Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, head of Hollande's ruling Socialist Party, told i>Tele television on Tuesday.

\"This is a false debate led by hypocrites ... When you see how many (Russian) oligarchs have sought refuge in London, David Cameron should start by cleaning up his own backyard.\"

The 1.2-billion-euro ($1.62 billion) contract for the two warships, signed by then-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government in 2011, was the first by a NATO member country to supply Russia with military equipment.

","short_text":"

Reuters reports on French President Francois Hollande's decision to go against his country's international allies by following through with a deal to deliver a warship to Russia.

Read More"},{"id":"317","created":"07/22/2014 1:15 PM EDT","title":"Cockpit Found Sawed In Half","tweet_link":"317_cockpit-found-sawed-in-half","entry_text":"

The cockpit of the felled Malaysia Airlines plane was sawed in half after pro-Russian separatists took control of the crash site in eastern Ukraine, USA Today reports. Investigators have only recently gained access to the area. According to the newspaper, the cockpit section of the airplane was found close to where the first dead bodies were recovered. It's unclear who damaged the plane or why.

Fergal Keane, a BBC corespondent, also reported that the plane had been hacked with a diesel-powered saw. He said that first class sections of the plane had also been damaged with the saw.

","short_text":"

The cockpit of the felled Malaysia Airlines plane was sawed in half after pro-Russian separatists took control of the crash site in eastern Ukraine, USA ...Read More"},{"id":"316","created":"07/22/2014 12:54 PM EDT","title":"Video: Fight Breaks Out During Ukrainian Parliament Discussion Over MH17","tweet_link":"316_video-fight-breaks-out-during-ukrainian-parliament-discussion-over-mh17","entry_text":"

Ukraine's parliament discusses #MH17 the only way it knows how: a fistfight. https://t.co/mZTXkx16ig

— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 22, 2014

","short_text":"

Ukraine's parliament discusses #MH17 the only way it knows how: a fistfight. https://t.co/mZTXkx16i...Read More"},{"id":"315","created":"07/22/2014 12:52 PM EDT","title":"Dutch Families Of Victims Help Detectives Identify Bodies","tweet_link":"315_dutch-families-of-victims-help-detectives-identify-bodies","entry_text":"

NBC News reports that Dutch detectives are working with the families of the victims of the MH17 flight to collect DNA and other identifying features like information about tattoos and clothes. The news outlet explains, \"Each family who lost a relative in the crash in Ukraine has been assigned two police officers to keep them updated.\"

Read the whole story here.

","short_text":"

NBC News reports that Dutch detectives are working with the families of the victims of the MH17 flight to collect DNA and o...Read More"},{"id":"314","created":"07/22/2014 12:16 PM EDT","title":"EU Agrees To New Sanctions Against Russian Officials","tweet_link":"314_eu-agrees-to-new-sanctions-against-russian-officials","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed Tuesday to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia's actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held territory.

European foreign ministers stopped short, at least for now, of more forceful sanctions that would hit full sectors of the Russian economy.

Read the whole story here.

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The Associated Press reports:

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed Tuesday to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia's actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airline...Read More"},{"id":"313","created":"07/22/2014 12:11 PM EDT","title":"White House: Additional Sanctions Still An Option","tweet_link":"313_white-house-additional-sanctions-still-an-option","entry_text":"

The White House said on Tuesday additional sanctions against Russia are still on the table.

From Reuters:

The United States is continuing to review its sanctions on Russia amid the conflict in Ukraine, including the downed Malaysian airliner shot down last week, and is willing to consider additional costs, the White House said on Tuesday.

The United States also would welcome additional steps to impose costs on Russia, particularly from Europe, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

\"Our willingness to consider adding additional costs is something that continues to be a live option,\" Earnest said.

Read the full story here.

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The White House said on Tuesday additional sanctions against Russia are still on the table.

From Reuters:

The United States is continuing to review ...Read More"},{"id":"312","created":"07/22/2014 11:49 AM EDT","title":"Obama Signs Condolence Book","tweet_link":"312_obama-signs-condolence-book","entry_text":"

President Obama visited the embassy of the Netherlands in the U.S. on Tuesday to sign a condolence book for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

Brekend! De boodschap van Obama. Op nederlandse ambassade. #obama #nl #MH17 pic.twitter.com/ZTq9tb55pf

— Wouter Zwart NOS (@WouterZwart) July 22, 2014

Obama's message. At the Dutch embassy.

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President Obama visited the embassy of the Netherlands in the U.S. on Tuesday to sign a condolence book for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

Brekend! De boodschap van Obama. Op nederlandse a...Read More"},{"id":"311","created":"07/22/2014 10:40 AM EDT","title":"PHOTOS: Investigating The Wreckage","tweet_link":"311_photos-investigating-the-wreckage","entry_text":"

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Malaysian air crash investigators take pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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A pro-Russian fighter walks past a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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\nMalaysian air crash investigators take pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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\nA pro-Russian figh...Read More"},{"id":"310","created":"07/22/2014 10:31 AM EDT","title":"Malaysia Minister: Black Boxes Will Go To U.K. For Analysis","tweet_link":"310_malaysia-minister-black-boxes-will-go-to-uk-for-analysis","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

Black boxes from the Malaysian jetliner downed over eastern Ukraine will be sent to a lab in the United Kingdom, said Malaysia's deputy transport minister on Tuesday.

\"The procedure is to have the black boxes sent to the nearest lab that is authorized by the ICAO for analysis,\" said Aziz Kaprawi to Reuters.

The two black boxes are now in the possession of Malaysian authorities after Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered a deal late on Monday with eastern Ukraine's separatists leader to handover the evidence that could shed light on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last Thursday.

Aziz said that the black boxes will travel directly from Ukraine to a lab under the Air Accidents Investigations Branch in the U.K.

Read the full story here.

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From Reuters:

Black boxes from the Malaysian jetliner downed over eastern Ukraine will be sent to a lab in the ...Read More"},{"id":"309","created":"07/22/2014 10:03 AM EDT","title":"Wreckage Points At Supersonic Missile","tweet_link":"309_wreckage-points-at-supersonic-missile","entry_text":"

The New York Times reports that a piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight that was downed over Ukraine and photographed by the newspaper's reporters appears to show signs of small pieces of high-velocity shrapnel that hit the airplane. The marks suggest that the aircraft was hit by a supersonic missile that apparently exploded near the jet.

The newspaper adds:

The damage, including the shrapnel holes and blistered paint on a panel of the destroyed plane’s exterior, is consistent with the effects of a fragmenting warhead carried by an SA-11 missile, known in Russian as a Buk, the type of missile that American officials have said was the probable culprit in the downing of the plane.

Read the full analysis here.

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The New York Times reports that a piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight that was downed over Ukraine and photographed by the newspaper's reporters appears to show signs of small pieces of high-velocity shrapnel that hit the airplane. The ...Read More"},{"id":"308","created":"07/22/2014 9:44 AM EDT","title":"Train Arrives At Gov't Base","tweet_link":"308_train-arrives-at-govt-base","entry_text":"

Train carrying remains of #MH17 victims arrives at Ukrainian government base.

Train carrying remains of #MH17 victims arrives at Ukrainian government base: http://t.co/kk90rBIz6O pic.twitter.com/OKp5W5lYaF

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 22, 2014

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Train carrying remains of #MH17 victims arrives at Ukrainian government base.

Train carrying remains of #MH17 victims arrives at U...Read More"},{"id":"307","created":"07/22/2014 9:33 AM EDT","title":"Trajectory Of Missile That Shot Down Plane","tweet_link":"307_trajectory-of-missile-that-shot-down-plane","entry_text":"

Here is satellite trajectory of #FlightMH17 and the missile US says shot it down. @NatSecCNN @cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/ijsUM1nCjZ

— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) July 22, 2014

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Here is satellite trajectory of #FlightMH17 and the missile US says shot it down. @NatSecCNN Read More"},{"id":"306","created":"07/22/2014 9:03 AM EDT","title":"Ukraine Votes To Call Up More Reserves","tweet_link":"306_ukraine-votes-to-call-up-more-reserves","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine and defend the border against a concentration of troops in Russia.

Some 45 days after the latest call-up of additional reserves, which has now expired, Kiev repeated the decree to \"declare and conduct partial mobilisation\" to ensure the ranks of what Ukraine calls its \"anti-terrorist operation\" are filled.

Read the full story here.

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From Reuters:

Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves ...Read More"},{"id":"305","created":"07/22/2014 7:43 AM EDT","title":"Reporter: Black Box Recording Includes Moments After Missile Hit","tweet_link":"305_reporter-black-box-recording-includes-moments-after-missile-hit","entry_text":"

CBS' Mark Rosenker tells @wcbs880 says we could hear actual missile strike, or pilot's reaction to it, on cockpit voice recorder from #MH17.

— Michael Wallace (@MikeWallaceWCBS) July 22, 2014

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CBS' Mark Rosenker tells @wcbs880 says we could hear actual missile strike, or pilot's reaction to it, on cockpit voice recorder from Read More"},{"id":"304","created":"07/22/2014 7:35 AM EDT","title":"Bodies To Be Flown To Netherlands For Identification","tweet_link":"304_bodies-to-be-flown-to-netherlands-for-identification","entry_text":"

First plane with victims of #mh17 to fly out of Kharkiv to Hilversum in Holland tomorrow for identification - Dutch police spokeswoman

— Simon Ostrovsky (@SimonOstrovsky) July 22, 2014

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First plane with victims of #mh17 to fly out of Kharkiv to Hilversum in Holland tomorrow for identification - Dutch police spokeswoman

— Sim...Read More"},{"id":"303","created":"07/22/2014 7:22 AM EDT","title":"Ukraine Claims Russian Officer Shot Down Plane","tweet_link":"303_ukraine-claims-russian-officer-shot-down-plane","entry_text":"

CNN reports:

Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine's director of informational security, told CNN on Tuesday that he is certain a Russian officer personally pushed the button to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Moscow has denied claims that it pulled the trigger.

Read more here.

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CNN reports:

Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine's director of informational security, told CNN on Tuesday that he is certain a Rus...Read More"},{"id":"302","created":"07/22/2014 7:20 AM EDT","title":"Statement From Malaysian Prime Minister On Agreement With Rebels","tweet_link":"302_statement-from-malaysian-prime-minister-on-agreement-with-rebels","entry_text":"

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak published the following statement on his Facebook page:

Last night, I reached an agreement with Alexander Borodai to bring an end to the standoff over the MH17 crash site. Our agreement rested on three conditions:

- the return of the remains of those who lost their lives;

- the handover of the black boxes;

- and full access to the crash site so that the investigation may begin.

I am pleased to confirm that the first two conditions have now been met. The train carrying the remains of those who lost their lives has arrived in Kharkhiv, where arrangements will be made to move them to Amsterdam.

And the Malaysian team have taken custody of the black boxes, which appear to be in good condition. They will held securely in Malaysian custody while the international investigation team is being formalised. At that time, we will pass the black boxes to the international investigation team for further analysis.

These were extraordinary circumstances which called for extraordinary measures. There were risks involved in pursuing this agreement. But we felt an obligation to explore all avenues to break the impasse, and secure the return of the remains and the black boxes. After meeting the families, I felt that we owed it to them to act.

So far, the agreement has been honoured. Malaysia requests that this co-operation continue, and that investigators are granted the full access to the site which was agreed.

I am relieved that we have been able to secure the breakthrough that has allowed us to move forward.

I would like to thank the Malaysian team on the ground, who have worked hard to support this operation. Thanks to their efforts, we are closer to finding out what happened to aircraft, and fulfilling our shared responsibility to those who lost their lives.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak published the following statement on his Facebook page:

Last night, I reached an agreement with Alexander ...Read More"},{"id":"301","created":"07/22/2014 7:19 AM EDT","title":"BBC Correspondent: OSCE Says Plane Has Been Sawed Apart","tweet_link":"301_bbc-correspondent-osce-says-plane-has-been-sawed-apart","entry_text":"

#OSCE say wreckage has been cut into with power saw.

— Fergal Keane (@fergalkeane47) July 22, 2014

#MH17 Major pieces of wreckage look different 2 when we first arrived says #OSCE

— Fergal Keane (@fergalkeane47) July 22, 2014

#MH17 also #OSCE say cockpit section and 1st class cut into with pier saw

— Fergal Keane (@fergalkeane47) July 22, 2014

#MH17 Don't know why say #OSCE but were told body recovery had been taking place in area.

— Fergal Keane (@fergalkeane47) July 22, 2014

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#OSCE say wreckage has been cut into with power saw.

— Fergal Keane (@fergalkeane47) Read More"},{"id":"300","created":"07/22/2014 5:08 AM EDT","title":"After Several Delays, Train Carrying Victims Arrives In Kharkiv","tweet_link":"300_after-several-delays-train-carrying-victims-arrives-in-kharkiv","entry_text":"

Train carrying remains of MH17 victims arrives in Kharkiv http://t.co/SSEi8ZdrhY pic.twitter.com/45eNzl4oll

— Circa (@Circa) July 22, 2014

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Train carrying remains of MH17 victims arrives in Kharkiv http://t.co/SSEi8ZdrhY pic.twitter.com/45eNzl4oll

— Circa (@Circ...Read More"},{"id":"299","created":"07/22/2014 4:32 AM EDT","title":"Sky News Reporter's Mea Culpa Over MH17 Report","tweet_link":"299_sky-news-reporters-mea-culpa-over-mh17-report","entry_text":"

Earlier this week, Sky News reporter Colin Brazier was condemned for a report he did at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

During the live shot, Brazier went through a victim's suitcase and belongings. Realizing his error, he stopped himself and said, \"We shouldn't really be doing this, I suppose.\"

WATCH:

A spokesperson from Sky News later issued a formal apology. On Tuesday, Brazier followed suit by publishing a column about his 'error of judgment' in The Guardian.

Good journalism takes many things and the empathy I hope they have wrought in me is one of them. But so is understanding the boundaries of decency and taste. And from time to time, we screw up.

Click here for more.

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Earlier this week, Sky News reporter Colin Brazier was condemned for a report he did at the crash site of Malaysian Air...Read More"}]

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