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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday.
Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin had the most power to reduce the violence in Ukraine and had not chosen to do so. He said Ukraine separatists had received a steady flow of support from Russia, including anti-aircraft weapons.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to allow easy access to a downed Malaysian jetliner and President Barack Obama directed U.S. officials on Thursday to do all they could to support an investigation into what caused the crash.
“It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement, urging Russia, pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine to support a cease-fire to permit safe and unfettered access to the wreckage.