Updates at the end of the post
Malaysian flight 17, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Ukraine with 295 people on board including 23 with U.S. passports. All are believed dead and wreckage is spread over ten miles. At a time when we need a leader, and as Putin is expanding his power base by attacking Ukraine, President Obama is in charge.
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet and it’s possible the attack came from somewhere else. The only confirmation is that it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
It is believed that separatists were behind the attack and were under the impression that they were shooting down a Ukrainian plane. Separatists and Putin are one and the same. Putin has been sending weapons to the separatists in Eastern Ukraine, the same kind of weapons that might have been used to shoot down this plane.
Russia claims the Ukraine shot down the plane.
A surface-to-air missile was used. Ukraine believes the weapon used was a Russian-made Buk, or Beech, antiaircraft system. Recently, separatists took over a base that housed Buk and similar missiles that could have reached the plane. Both sides have possession of those weapons. The missiles can’t be controlled once they lock on to the largest hot object.
[Update: It is believed it was an SA-11 or SA-20. An SS-20 would mean it was fired by Russia within Russian territory.]
Separatists under the Doneskt leader, Igor (Seitkov) Girkin, bragged on Russian Facebook after the plane disappeared, that an Anatov 26 had been shot down. The quote was later deleted.
He wrote, ”The plane has just been taken down somewhere around Torez (Donetsk Oblast). It lays there behind the Progress mine. We did warn you – do not fly in ‘our sky,’” he said.
“And here is the video proving another ‘bird’ falling down. The bird went down behind the slagheap, not in the residential district. So no peaceful people injured. There is also information about another plane shot.”
Girkin, a native Muscovite who goes by the nom de guerre Igor Strelkov, is known for his brutality. As reported in Mashable, he led an illegal military tribunal and sentenced at least three Ukrainian citizens to death by firing squad under a 1941 Stalin-era law.
President Obama spoke of the attack with President Vladimir Putin, according to the Russian propaganda paper online, Ria Novosti.
He won’t have to find out about in in the newspapers.
The Associated Press reported that the Kremlin website published a statement late Thursday that says “the Russian leader informed the U.S. president of the report from air traffic controllers that the Malaysian plane had crashed on Ukrainian territory, which had arrived immediately before the phone call.”
Putin denies any involvement.
Just yesterday Russians shot down a Ukraine plane.
Obama spoke briefly this afternoon in a presser and said it “looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.”
He also said that they were “working to determine whether there were American citizens on board, that is our first priority,” he said.
We have been told that 23 passengers held U.S. passports. (Update: There might have been no US citizens aboard the plane.)
Russia Today, another Putin propaganda paper, is claiming they could have been seeking Putin’s plane. He is trying to claim Ukrainians were trying to hit his plane.
This time, satellites will tell the story.
Putin is making a fool of us but this does give Obama an excuse.
Putin is expanding his power over the region the day after Obama passed additional useless sanctions, and Obama, our leader, will possibly view it solely as a tragedy and a mistake no matter what the facts, just as Ft. Hood was workplace violence and The Muslim Brotherhood are peaceful.
For now, Obama is planning to head off to Martha’s Vineyard.
Update: 18:00: The Daily Beast reports that all special effects are being sent to Russia. Kiev, the Kremlin and pro-Russia rebels are rushing to do an investigation while all doing involvement.