Investigation Demanded for Plane Shot Down over Ukraine
Questions remain and an international investigation is being demanded nearly twenty-four hours after a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.
Traveling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lapur, the downing of Flight MH17 has been met with shared mourning around the world as well as highly-pitched accusations over who, in fact, was responsible for firing on the aircraft.
Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, expressed his horror and grief as he said his country would launch an immediate investigation into what happened to the aircraft.
Reports indicate that among the total victims: 173 were Dutch nationals; 44 were Malaysians; 27 were Australians; 12 were Indonesians, nine are believed to be from the UK; four each from Germany and Belgium; three from the Philippines; and one each from both Canada and New Zealand.
The nationalities of 20 passengers, as if this writing, have not yet been verified.
Malaysian officials have repeatedly said that the flight path used by the plane was approved by international aviation agencies as safe, but now all international airlines are avoiding the airspace over eastern Ukraine.
According to Reuters:
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk described the attack as an “international crime” and said the perpetrators should ultimately face an international tribunal.
The Wall Street Journal adds:
As the Guardian reports, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made some of the most “potent remarks” against Russia, stating in a television interview that there were strong indications that Russian-backed militias were to blame. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Clinton said, must be put “on notice that he has gone too far and we are not going to stand idly by.”
For his part, Putin has suggested that the Ukraine military may have been the culprit but also backed calls for a full investigation into the tragedy. On Friday, he urged all separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine as well the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms and renew diplomatic negotiations to end their months-long standoff.
“Peace in Ukraine must prevail as soon as possible,” said Putin, according to Russian news agencies, as he called for direct talks between Kiev and pro-Russian insurgents.