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U.S. Ambassador to U.N. believes surface-to-air missile brought down plane

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:13

The U.S. says it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board. Linda So reports.

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Members of the U.N. hold a moment of silence for the 298 victims killed on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. becomes emotional as she offers condolences. SOUNDBITE: SAMANTHA POWER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UN, SAYING: "As we stared at the passenger list yesterday, we saw next to three of the passengers names the capital I. As we now know, the letter I stands for infant. To the families and friends of the victims it is impossible to find words to express our condolences." Samantha Power told the U.N. Security Council the U.S. believes Ukrainian separatists backed by Russia brought down the plane using a surface-to-air missile. SOUNDBITE: SAMANTHA POWER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UN, SAYING: "Because of the technical complexity of the SA11, it is unlikely that the separatists could effectively operate the system without assistance from knowledgeable personnel. Thus, we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating the systems." World leaders are calling for an immediate investigation into the crash that killed at least one American and a group of prominent researchers heading to the International AIDS conference in Melbourne.

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U.S. Ambassador to U.N. believes surface-to-air missile brought down plane

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:13