- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he has offered the Ukrainian president U.S. assistance in determining the cause of a Malaysian airliner’s crash along the Ukraine-Russia border.

Biden made the disclosure in Detroit on Thursday afternoon as he began making remarks to a group of information technology students at Wayne County Community College.

Biden says he has been in contact with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and has offered U.S. assistance in the aftermath of the “tragic event that’s taken place on the Ukrainian border” with Russia.

He says the U.S. will send a team to Ukraine “to determine what happened.”

Biden is speaking to a class of 32 African American females enrolled in a four-month technology training course aimed at connecting them with jobs in Detroit’s information technology sector.

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