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Russia to blame for MH17 crash: Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:43PM GMT

Ukraine has once again blamed Russia for the crash of a Malaysian airliner in the eastern part of the country.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Moscow of shooting down the airliner, which left nearly 300 people dead last week.

Yatsenyuk also argued that there is no doubt the downing of the passenger plane has been done by "professional people."

He also rapped Russian President Vladimir Putin for supplying weapons to the pro-Russia forces operating in Ukraine's eastern provinces, adding, "Russia is on the dark side, on the side of the devil.'

Yatsenyuk further expressed Kiev's willingness to hand over coordination of an investigation into the incident to international partners. He also noted that Ukraine has agreed to send all of the victims' bodies to the Netherlands.

'I do not expect anything from the Russian government ... Putin should understand that it is enough already. This is not a conflict between Ukraine and Russia. It is an international conflict,' the Ukrainian premier pointed out.

The remarks came one day after the Russian president warned that the incident should not be politicized, calling for safe access on the part of international experts to the crash site.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 was reportedly shot down over Ukraine's volatile Donetsk region on July 17 which was flying from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing 298 passengers and crew on board.

Ukraine and the pro-Russians accuse each other of firing a surface-to-air missile at the passenger plane.

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