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UN Security Council Calls for Investigation of MH17

Members of the U.N. Security Council stand for a moment of silence, July 18, 2014 for the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 during a meeting at United Nations headquarters.
Members of the U.N. Security Council stand for a moment of silence, July 18, 2014 for the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 during a meeting at United Nations headquarters.
Margaret Besheer

Members of the United Nations Security Council condemned the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on Friday during an urgent session, calling for a full, thorough and independent international investigation.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told council members that the evidence indicates the plane was shot down.

“We assess Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 carrying these 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was likely downed by a surface-to-air missile, an SA-11, operated from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine," Powers said. 

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Russian-backed separatists have claimed responsibility for shooting down several Ukrainian military aircraft, including a transport plane in June that killed 49 persons, and this week a military cargo plane and a fighter jet. 

Power said because of the technical complexity of operating the SA-11 system, it is unlikely that the rebels could have done it without assistance from knowledgeable personnel. 

“Thus we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating the systems," she said. 

Ukrainian envoy Yuriy Sergeyev told the council that the separatists have “at least” two of these surface-to-air missile systems.

“The question is, where did they get this sophisticated air defense system from," Sergeryev asked.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin agreed the need for an impartial investigation of the circumstances of the jet’s crash, but stressed its outcome should not be prejudged.

He did not mention pro-Russian separatist rebels in the area and whether they might have been involved, instead he blamed Kyiv, saying the authorities are responsible for the safety of the airspace.

“Why did the Ukrainian aviation dispatcher send a passenger flight to an area of military clashes," Churkin asked. "An area which was being used for carrying out strikes against civilian targets, amongst others, and where there were anti-aircraft systems working?”

He said the United States and other Western nations share blame for the crash, saying it pushed Kyiv to escalate the crisis.

Envoys of the nine countries who had citizens aboard the flight also addressed the Security Council. Australia, which currently sits on the council, urged fellow members to adopt a resolution demanding unhindered access to the crash site and for a full, thorough and independent investigation. 

Netherlands, which lost 189 nationals aboard the flight, echoed that call.

Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said it is “a dark hour” for his country and they are a nation “in shock and in tears,” but determined to seek the truth about what happened.

World Leaders Comment on MH17

  • Vice President Joe Biden:  ``(The plane) apparently has been shot down - shot down, not an accident, blown out of the sky.''
  • President Vladimir Putin: ``This tragedy would not have happened if there had been peace on that land, or in any case if military operations in southeastern Ukraine had not been renewed. And without doubt, the government of the territory on which it happened bears responsibility for this frightening tragedy. We will do everything that we can so that an objective picture of what happened can be achieved. This is a completely unacceptable thing.''
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel: ``We need to start an independent investigation as quickly as possible. A ceasefire is needed for that and it's important that those responsible are bought to justice. There are many indications that the plane was shot down, so we have to take things very seriously.  (I am making) a very clear call for the Russian president and government to make their contribution to bringing about a political solution.''
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak: ``If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.''
  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:  ``(The) tragedy showed again that terrorism is not localized, but a world problem. And the external aggression against Ukraine is not just our problem, but a threat to European and global security.''
  • Aleksandr Borodai, Prime Minister of the self proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic: ``Apparently, it's a passenger airliner ... truly shot down  by the Ukrainian Air Force.''
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott: ``We all know that there are problems in Ukraine. We also know who is very substantially to blame for those problems, and the idea that Russia can somehow say that none of this had anything to do with them because it happened in Ukrainian air space frankly does not stand up to any serious scrutiny.''

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by: VTA from: Vietnam
July 19, 2014 11:27 PM
Stop world cup 2018 in Russia. Do not grant Bin Laden Putin the visa to enter USA, Japan, EU, ASEAN. We can not allow the terrorist to kill more innocent ones.


by: Mary Victoria from: West Virginia
July 19, 2014 6:47 PM
Why has NATO not gotten involved in securing the MH 17 crash site to protect the victims personal belongings from looters, to properly remove the remains of the dead for identification, burial and proceed with an collecting evidence for an investigation?
I may be naive and cannot comprehend the lack of respect for the dead and their families.


by: Not Again from: Canada
July 19, 2014 3:46 PM
The guilty party, and those that support the criminals that caused the tragic incident, will as usual oppose an international investigation.


by: riano baggy from: ina
July 19, 2014 4:03 AM
I think world community support the UN investigation and also Soviet and Ukraine must take internal investigation about their separatists actions, who behind this barbar actions.


by: vkn
July 18, 2014 11:38 PM
" The Plane was shot down by Pro Russian rebels using Russian supplied surface to air missile either confiscated from Ukrainian forces or acquired from Russia directly ,last week Pro Russian rebels shot down 3 Ukrainian jet fighters (sukhoi model ) .This time they miscalculated it to be military Plane .The Black Box either been destroyed or flown to Moscow ."
295 innocent civilians dead and their family and the entire world must know
The BUK (or SA-11) system does not just consist of the launcher tank depicted in the pictures. Actually a BUK battery consists of 4 launcher tanks, a launcher/loader tank , a command tank and a tank with a surveillance radar, plus assorted trucks for supply and support. I would guess that the system requires at least 30 trained soldiers to set it up and to operate it (plus an equal sized security element). It isn’t just aim, press the trigger once, wait for the beep as the signal that the heat seeker has locked onto the target and press the trigger again to launch the missile. I wonder how the separatists got such a trained crew together, unless a whole SA-11 (BUK) battery has switched by Pro Russian mercenaries who got well trained by the Russians . the Russian air defense systems was affording protection to Russian mercenaries and terrorists in this area.

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by: Ivanov from: Russia
July 21, 2014 5:29 AM
Many die is true. will continue with EU and US with weapons they give to terrorists. Putin is alone, will bring leadership for world, world will be better. Obama no leader. UN is nothing for Russia.


by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
July 18, 2014 6:54 PM
I hope no country would veto this resolution.


by: Mr nobody from: USA
July 18, 2014 5:36 PM
Was this Murder?

Is the crash site is a crime scene?

Is the black box evidence?

Are all those in the chain of command, including the operator suspects?

Is he launcher, command vehicle, and radar the murder weapon?

Is anybody who saw any of these, or has any knowledge of them a witness?

Is altering any of these tampering with evidence?

Is advising anybody that is a witness or suspect tampering with witnesses?

How does Russia come clean without killing everybody involved?


Is it Time to Ruuun?????!!!!!

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by: Ivanov from: Russia
July 21, 2014 5:31 AM
Run? no run. Russia better to run for. snowden run for Russia, Putin is leader for new world. america is no good for people, only Russia good for people. Putin no time for talk, Obama like talk, much talk. Putin is action and he will do. Do what must be done.

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