Putin Says Ukraine Caused Plane Crash

Part of the Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed on Thursday. Foto: RT Noticias

HAVANA TIMES — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday that the Ukraine is to be held accountable for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane that resulted in the death of its 295 passengers and crew, DPA reported.

“Without a doubt, the State in which this incident took place is responsible for the terrible tragedy,” the Russian leader said during a meeting with government officials in Moscow.

Putin underscored that the incident would not have taken place had war not been raging in eastern Ukraine.

“This tragedy would not have occurred if there were peace in this territory, if combat actions had not been resumed in southeastern Ukraine,” he stressed, adding that he has repeatedly urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to maintain the ceasefire.
Putin demanded that the facts of the crime be cleared up so that Russian and Ukrainian public opinion – as well as the international community – can know what happened.

Putin called the meeting of government officials at his residence in Moscow. Following a minute of silence, he opened the meeting in a quivering voice.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov had previously described any association with the plane crash to Russia as “stupid.” The Moscow Minister of Defense also denied any involvement of his forces in the crash of the Boeing 777-200 and emphasized that the Russian air forces currently operating in the Ukraine border had nothing to do with the incident.

The Ukraine accuses Russia of supporting separatists in the country and the Kiev government blames the insurgents for allegedly downing of the plane, bound to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

15 thoughts on “Putin Says Ukraine Caused Plane Crash

  • July 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Colleen. There is no question that Russia supplied the Chechen forces in Ukraine with their Buk surface to air missiles – they are of Russian manufacture. Trying to deny that is like trying to deny Russia supplying Bashar Asad with weapons including aircraft. The supporters of Putin however are maintaining that he has no influence or control of the Russian mercenaries and that the weapons used to shoot down MH17 were operated by the elected Ukrainian government in Kiev. Russia has a history of denial, denial, denial. For fifty years Moscow denied murdering 15,000 Poles at Katyn. In practice socialism is about control and dictatorship. Yes, it has its supporters but oddly they seldom live in socialist countries themselves, preferring to live in capitalist societies where they have the liberty to openly express their views.

  • July 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    To Kai Fan. Are you seriously trying to suggest that President Barack Obama was in any way responsible for the disappearance of MH370? If so, apart from your ridiculous opinion there is nothing to support such a statement which is defamatory.

  • July 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Are you making a moral equivalence between Putin’s ruthless act of international terrorism which resulted in 295 innocent civilians being murdered and Obama’s somewhat muted initial response to the incident?

    If so, you have no moral compass nor any sense of proportion.

  • July 20, 2014 at 8:22 am

    He got that from RT, or Russia One, or any number of Kremlin controlled media outlets. They’ve been floating several crazy theories, including thus one, to try and muddy the water. Unfortunately for the Russians this tragedy occurred in one of the most highly monitored areas in the world.

  • July 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    You missed out the Korean passenger jet shot down by fighter jets from the USSR in 1984!

  • July 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    The guilt is obvious, but the last thing being considered by the pro-Putin pack is that 298 people have been murdered and are lost to the world. Humanity and concern for it was never a consideration by the Russian bear.

  • July 19, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Just 4 days prior, a Ukrainian An-26 military transport was shot down flying at 22,000 feet, way above the range of MANPADs. Now this. There is every indication that Putin’s dogs pulled the trigger.

    As for Obama, he’s no better. There were more Americans aboard MH370 that mysteriously disappeared just 4 months ago than on MH17 (just 1 person), so the reaction he’s showing now is grossly disproportionate.

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