December 18, 2014
Ukraine President Poroshenko 'does not exclude' Malaysia plane was shot down
The official website of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has released a statement confirming the head of state has initiated the “establishment of the State commission with the involvement of experts from ICAO and other international structures to investigate the tragedy with the plane of Malasya airlines Boeing 777.”
The document was published following news about a crash of a Malaysia airliner carrying 285 people (280 passengers and 15 crew members) and crashing near the city of Donetsk.
“Today, approximately at 16:20, Malaysia Airlines plane Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur disappeared from radar,” the statement explains affirming today’s crash is “already the third tragic accident after the downing of planes of the Ukrainian Armed Forces An-26 and Su-25 from the Russian territory.”
“We do not exclude that the given plane was also shot down and emphasize that the Armed Forces of Ukraine didn’t commit any actions to strike the targets in the air,” Poroshenko’s website says with the Ukrainian leader expressing “the deepest and the most sincere condolences to friends and relatives of the deceased in this dreadful tragedy.”
“All possible search-and-rescue operations are being conducted. We are confident that those responsible for the given tragedy will be brought to justice.”