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
conversations between separatist rebels and Russian officers that suggest the insurgency was responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, killing 298 people on board. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama advised Russian President Vladimir Putin to avoid further sanctions, a day after new measures to punish Moscow’s support of Ukrainian rebels. Putin said the sanctions will push U.S.-Russia relations to a “dead end,” and harm U.S. interests. Also, Microsoft announced its biggest plans for layoffs ever. Continue reading
How safe was it for a Malaysia Airlines plane to be flying in airspace over conflict-torn Eastern Ukraine? Gwen Ifill talks to former intelligence official Charles Duelfer and Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, about potential geo-political reverberations and what will help investigators piece together what happened. Continue reading
A Malaysia Airlines plane flying over Eastern Ukraine was apparently shot down by a missile, according to a Ukrainian interior ministry official. The crew and 295 passengers, mostly Dutch citizens, were all believed dead. Both the Ukrainian government and the separatist rebels who now hold the region where the plane crashed held each other responsible for the tragedy. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
Charles Duelfer is an Iraq expert who spent more than 25 years in the national security agencies of the U.S. government. He studied the Korean Airlines flight 007 that was shot down in 1983 by a Soviet interceptor in the … Continue reading
A Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed near the Russian border in Ukraine Thursday, killing all 295 people on board, was brought down by a surface-to-air missile, U.S. intelligence agencies said. Continue reading