Clinton: It ‘Had To Be’ Ukraine Separatists Who Shot Down The Plane

July 17, 2014 6:45 p.m.
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In a Thursday interview with PBS News’s Charlie Rose, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that if Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, it was likely by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine using equipment that came from Russia.

“The questions I’d be asking is who could have shot it down, who had the equipment — it’s obviously an anti-aircraft missile. Who had the expertise to do that?” Clinton said. “There does seem to be growing awareness that it probably had to be Russian insurgents.”

She cautioned, however, that the investigation was still ongoing and final determinations had not yet been made. But if rebels were responsible, Clinton added, their equipment likely came from neighboring Russia.

“If there is evidence pointing in that direction, the equipment had to come from Russia. What more the Russians might or might not have done, we don’t know,” she said. “There is a great deal of concern that, not only was a civilian plane shot down, but what this means about the continuing conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the role that Russia is playing.”

(h/t Mediaite)

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