Four days after a Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in Ukraine, international teams are still seeking access to the rebel-controlled site. Neil Connery of Independent Television News reports on the drama over the fate of the victims’ bodies. Gwen Ifill examines pressure for President Vladimir Putin to encourage pro-Russian separatists to cooperate with recovery and investigation efforts. Continue reading
Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Borodai said today that critical evidence has been recovered from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that is believed to have been shot down Thursday near the Ukrainian-Russian border. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was overwhelming evidence that pro-Russian separatists shot down the plane. Continue reading
In some of the administration’s harshest criticism of Russia since the crisis in Ukraine began earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the U.S. case that the separatists are to blame for the downing of the aircraft and that Russia was almost certainly complicit. He demanded that Russia act immediately to rein in the rebels and to actively support a transparent investigation into what happened to the plane. Continue reading
The cascade of international crises this week comes as the American public’s views about President Obama’s foreign policy have soured, turning what was once seen as his strength into a potential liability. For a second-term president already hamstrung on the domestic front, the world stage hardly looks like the refuge it sometimes has offered leaders in their final White House years.
Leaders from around the world have called for an investigation into who shot down the Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine. But how can that be done in the middle of a violent, political conflict? Hari Sreenivasan gets more insight from P.J. Crowley, former State Department official and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times. Continue reading
For a closer look at the challenges on the ground at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane in Eastern Ukraine, Judy Woodruff talks to Matt Frei of Independent Television News from Donetsk. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins in to discuss why the jetliner was on a flight path over a conflict zone. Continue reading
A Malaysia Airlines jet had been flying from the Netherlands to Malaysia when it was hit by a missile and exploded over Eastern Ukraine. European monitors say they have been blocked from the crash site, and some reports claimed pro-Russian rebels took the aircraft’s black box recorders. Judy Woodruff reports on counter-accusations flying between Ukraine, the separatists and Russia. Continue reading
We lost 100 researchers and activists that were dedicated to improve the health of others. Heaven is now a wealthy place #MH17 #AIDS2014 — Katrina Tsoutsoulis (@katrinat91) July 18, 2014 As many as 100 AIDS researchers, activists and health care … Continue reading
There is still a lot we don’t know about the events that led to the takedown of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that killed 298 people Thursday. President Barack Obama briefed reporters Friday with the latest information. We have rounded up those details, plus information provided by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, in her briefing to the president on Friday. Read her full remarks here.
The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia. President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed in an disaster that could dramatically escalate the crisis in Ukraine. Continue reading