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Malaysian passenger plane 'shot down' in Ukraine, 295 dead Updated: 2014-07-18 04:39:26 KST

Malaysian passenger plane 'shot down' in Ukraine, 295 dead
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A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that was carrying 2-hundred-95 people has been shot down over Ukraine, killing everyone on board.
The aircraft -- a Boeing 777 -- was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it fell near the city of Donetsk in a restive area which has become a stronghold for pro-Russian rebels.
Ukraine's interior ministry adviser says the plane, which was flying at 33-thousand feet, was brought down by a ground-to-air missile, fired by separatists.
The self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," the pro-Russian separatist movement in southeastern Ukraine has denied any involvement.
U.S. President Barack Obama said it was a terrible tragedy and vowed the U.S. would offer any assistance necessary to determine the cause of the crash.
The UN Security Council plans to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine on Friday.
No word yet on whether there were any Korean nationals on the flight.
We'll bring you more updates on this developing story throughout the day.
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