Obama: missile from eastern Ukraine controlled by separatists shot plane

by Reuters
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:16 GMT

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday.

Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin had the most power to reduce the violence in Ukraine and had not chosen to do so. He said Ukraine separatists had received a steady flow of support from Russia, including anti-aircraft weapons. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Susan Heavey)