Investigation underway to discover who is responsible for Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine

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In the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, an investigation is firmly under way to discover who is responsible for the disaster. The area where the plane crashed is currently held by pro-Russian separatists and the United States has confirmed that the Boeing 777 was shot down by a Surface-to-Air missile while flying over Ukrainian airspace.

283 passengers and 15 crew were on board flight MH17 which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was struck. Malaysia Airlines has released preliminary information which shows that at least 9 British travellers were on board along with 173 Dutch citizens, 44 Malaysians and 27 Australians as well as passengers from a number of other countries.

Russia was quick to point the finger at Ukraine immediately after the crash with Vladmir Putin declaring "Certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy." Ukraine responded with a strong denial while labelling the incident "a terrorist act" carried out by Ukrainian separatists. Kiev claim to hold recordings of two telephone calls that they intercepted which prove that rebel forces were solely responsible for the act.

Separatist leader Igor Girkin posted a message to a social media account shortly after the crash where he boasted about shooting down a transport plane before saying "We have warned everyone: do not fly in our skies." The post was quickly removed once it became clear that the plane was in fact a passenger flight leading many to believe that the incident may have been an accident as rebels targeted a Ukrainian cargo plane but instead hit flight MH17.

While the West is not looking to point any fingers at this early stage, a statement from the White House last night showed US patience with Russia is wearing thin over their actions in Crimea. The statement read "This incident occurred in the context of a crisis in Ukraine that is fuelled by Russian support for the separatists, including through arms, material and training."

This latest air incident has added to the woes of Malaysia Airlines after flight MH370 disappeared back in March without a trace. Share prices in the company fell this morning by 11% leaving the future of the airline in significant doubt as it has had to absorb huge losses in the wake of the MH370 incident.

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