Putin Blames Ukraine for Putting Itself in a Situation Where People Want to Shoot Planes

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 17 2014 7:05 PM

Putin Blames Ukraine for Putting Itself in a Situation Where People Want to Shoot Planes

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Their bad.

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The U.S. may have confirmed that the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that crashed into the ground in eastern Ukraine on Thursday was shot down, however, who did the shooting, and with what, are questions that still need to be answered. Whether it was actually the Russian-made Buk missile-launcher system that was, in fact, used by separatist rebels is still a matter of conjecture. We’ll surely know more soon. Until then, Vladimir Putin says he knows who’s responsible—Ukraine.

Here’s more on Putin’s responsibility theory via the Associated Press:

A Kremlin statement early Friday said Putin opened a meeting with his economic advisers by calling for a moment of silence over the crash. "This tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in southeast Ukraine. And, certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy."

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.