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‘CATASTROPHE’, More than 300 Dead Including 23 Americans, UPDATE: Governor Palin Responds

Via Reuters:

GRABOVO, Ukraine, July 17 (Reuters) – A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.

Raising the stakes in the East-West showdown between Kiev and Moscow, the official blamed "terrorists" using a ground-to-air missile and Ukraine’s prime minister called the downing of the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a "catastrophe".


A Reuters correspondent saw burning wreckage and bodies on the ground at the village of Grabovo, about 40 km (25 miles) from the Russian border in an area where pro-Russian rebels have been active and have claimed to have shot down other aircraft.

The Boeing 777 came down near the city of Donetsk, stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, interior ministry official Anton Gerashchenko said on Facebook, adding it was "shot down with a Buk anti-aircraft system by terrorists" – the term the Kiev government uses for militants seeking to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia


Ukraine has accused Russia of taking an active role in the four-month-old conflict in recent days and accused it earlier on Thursday of shooting down a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet – an accusation that Moscow denied.

The military commander of the rebels, a Russian named Igor Strelkov, had written on his social media page shortly before the report of the airliner being downed that his forces had brought down an Antonov An-26 in the same area. It is a turboprop transport plane of a type used by Ukraine’s forces.


1:35 p.m. EDT: Number of dead from crash of Malaysian passenger plane is more than 300 and includes 23 U.S. citizens – Interior Ministry adviser, quoted by Ifax

12:55 p.m. EDT: Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation told U.S. President Barack Obama that a Malaysian airplane crashed on Ukrainian territory, the Kremlin said on Thursday. The two leaders held a pre-planned call on the situation in Ukraine during which information became available from air traffic controllers about the crash.

12:37 p.m. EDT: Eastern Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Borodai says Malaysian airline shot down by Ukrainian government forces, Kiev has denied involvement

Much more developing herePlease keep all victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Update by Steve:

Governor Palin sends her thoughts and prayers:



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  • Lennart Bilén

    Sarah Palin is responding while Obama goes fundraising again tonight
    Who is the leader?


      Neither. Obuma just glad it’s not obvious who did the killing so he can just give a speech and hashtag in response.
      Leadership requires productive action.

      • mainelysteve

        Consulted dictionary, says nothing about productive action????

    • john norton

      Levin called him Dispicable but I can think of a few adjectives more appropriate… !

  • patnatasha

    Obama just looks silly.

  • myfairlady

    This is just horrible! Condolences and prayers for the people in this sad, sad tragedy and to their families.

  • Quiet_Righty

    The world is going to hell in a handbasket.

    • binky354

      No, you’re wrong. We were recently told that Obama has brought about global tranquility. Didn’t you get the message?

      • Quiet_Righty

        Someone lied to me!

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Dear Governor,

    We join our prayers and thoughts for the victims and their families to YOUR prayers.

    God have mercy on America and on this poor world of ours.

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016–to begin the restoration of our country.

    Peace Through Truth and Strength!


  • Craig Phillips

    At least 27 Australians were in the plane – I must have missed that when I heard the first reports. Apparently many people were also travelling to an International AID’s Society conference being held in Melbourne; the head of the organisation Joep Lange who was a Dutch clinical researcher specialising in HIV therapy was also on the plane.

  • jester2939

    Oh my gosh, that’s so horrible. My heart goes out to the families….I don’t even know what else to say.

    • john norton

      It brings back all the memories of wht those People aboard the airplanes on 9/11 musta gone through…Darkness and shadows is wht HE & those tht put him in where he is Represent…/

  • john norton

    Horrible and the Imposter devotes 40 seconds to it & then is off on his fundraising…!

  • Joe Fine

    Hillary, now out of office, knew more about the plane’s downing in the same time frame in which she blamed Benghazi on a video.

  • HuntingMoose

    189 Dutch. on a population of I think 15M, 1/20 of here in the US , that would be 189×20= 3800 in same proportion.

    put things in perspective….

  • Pete Petretich

    Didn’t only ONE American die?

  • sarahhasmyvote

    The burger and fries president is beyond embarrassing…….

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