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State Dept Won't Link Russia Directly To Crash

(Washington, DC) -- State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki is refusing to directly link Russia to the crash of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine.

The United Nations Security Council is discussing the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power says Moscow has a lot of explaining to do about its support for Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. U.S. officials believe the plane was brought down by a ground-to-air missile and suspect Russian separatists were behind the attack. Power calls it an appalling attack. It happened just days after the U.S. imposed another round of economic sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
Nearly 300 people were killed when a Malaysian airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. believes the plane was brought down by a ground-to-air missile. U.S. officials also suspect that Russian-backed separatists were responsible for the missile launch, though nothing has been proven in the very early stages of an investigation.

In a State Department briefing, Psaki was repeatedly pressed about the Russian question. Play Clip

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