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Latest Ukraine Items
With tensions mounting on the fringes of Europe, officials decided this week to ban competitive soccer matches in Israel and to make sure teams from the Ukraine and Russia are not drawn to play each other in the continent's top club competitions.
Sen. John McCain said Thursday afternoon that he wasn't ready to conclude that the Malaysia Airlines crash came as a result of an attack — but he did make clear that trouble was on the way for Russian separatists if suggestions of a purposeful shoot-down proved true.
A surface-to-air missile blew a Malaysian jetliner out of the sky over war-torn southeastern Ukraine on Thursday, U.S. and Ukrainian officials said. Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for the deaths of the 298 passengers and crew.
Russian President Vladimir Putin loomed over the catastrophe of a downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet from the start Thursday, as Russian news agencies reported that he was the first to inform President Obama of the crash and he quickly placed blame on his adversaries in the Ukrainian government.
See Malaysia Arilines Flight 17's final moments over Donestsk, Ukraine.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
President Obama said Thursday the reported downing of a commercial airliner in Ukraine "might be a terrible tragedy."
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rattled top lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who warned that the conflict along Russia's border would enter a "new dimension."
At Moscow's request, President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday about the new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian businesses as punishment for the crisis in Ukraine.