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Thursday, July 17, 2014


Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead
A Malaysian airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels that has set Russia and the West at daggers drawn.

As the United States said the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was "blown out of the sky", probably by a ground-launched missile, Ukraine and Russia traded accusations of blame, cranking up global pressure for a way out of a bloody local conflict that risks fueling a new Cold War.
My thoughts are with the families of those killed today. It is terrible that even those flying 33,000 feet above the unrest on the ground were not safe. It complicates the world's response to the conflict immensely as well. Depending on what information can be gleaned, and who was responsible, this flight could very well be a flashpoint.

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