"Certainly, the state, over the territory of which it happened, bears responsibility for this frightful tragedy," said head of the Russian state during a meeting on economic issues, which he started by a moment of silence in memory of victims of the catastrophe, Censor. NET reports citing Interfax.
"This tragedy would not have happened should there be peace of that soil, if military operations were not renewed in the south-east of Ukraine," he stated.
"We have to do everything that depends on us that an objective picture of what happened can become available for our population, the population of Ukraine, and the population of the whole world," Putin said.
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Earlier reports informed about the fall of a passenger airplane in the vicinity of Torez in the terrorist-held Donetsk province of Ukraine. Communication of traffic managers in Kyiv and Rostov with the airline jet was lost at 16:20 on Thursday. The Malaysia Airlines jet was conducting a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The Ukrainian military confirmed that they do not operate anti-aircraft systems in the area of Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation around Donetsk and Luhansk. At the same time, pro-Russian terrorists and units of the Russian Armed Forces, who wage war in the area, do use anti-aircraft weapons.
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