Malaysian Plane MH17 Crashes Near Ukraine-Russia Border

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Malaysian Plane MH17 Crashes Near Ukraine-Russia Border

July 17, 2014 Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM EST

Malaysian Passenger Plane MH17 has crashed near the border of Ukraine and Russia this afternoon.

The plane is a Boeing 777 plane that was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur, carrying 295 passengers. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine is claiming the plane was shot down and has pointed at pro-Russian militants within Ukraine. However, pro-Russian rebel groups have denied those accusations and have pointed the finger at the Ukrainian military.

Currently, a lot of information being reported is speculative in nature, especially with multiple sides accusing the other of being responsible. Tensions have been high in Ukraine between the government in Kiev and Russian separatists in the Crimean peninsula. This event does threaten stability between Ukraine, Russia, and the Russian separatists within Ukraine.

However, it has been confirmed that Russian Separatists are in control of the crash site and are not letting anyone near the crash site. Russian news agency InterFax is reporting that the separatists claim they have found the black boxes and will turn them over to Russian authorities. The current working theory is that regardless of which side shot the plane down, it was most likely done accidentally and was case of mistaken identity.

Although, that working theory is being disputed as the President of Ukraine has come out and declared the crash an act of terrorism and not an accident.

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