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Blame game over Malaysia plane crash

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:23

Ukraine accuses Russia of shooting down MH17, while a rebel leader shot back at accusations that pro-Russian separatists are to blame. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Emergency crews continue with their grisly task, as OSCE investigators help comb through the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight 17. They say that overall, access is improving at this rebel-held site in eastern Ukraine. But as the investigation takes shape, fingers are being pointed in all directions. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the world will hold the separatists accountable. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "I want to ensure that we have a different situation now, and if the so-called LNR (Luhansk People's Republic) and the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic) were already designated as 'terrorist organisations' inside Ukraine, today they will receive the status of terrorist organisations in the world. We are preparing international lawsuits, and I'm sure that trials for terrorists will take place in the very near future." A rebel leader shot back at accusations that pro-Russian separatists brought down the plane. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRIME MINISTER OF SELF-PROCLAIMED 'DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC', ALEKSANDER BORODAI, SAYING: "Apparently this plane was shot down. We couldn't and we didn't want to shoot it down. We have no anti-aircraft weaponry that would allow us to shoot down a plane flying at the altitude of 10,600 meters. Our anti-aircraft weaponry only shoots up to 3,000 meters. " Ukrainian authorities want answers from Russia amid reports that the missile launcher had returned to Russia.

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Blame game over Malaysia plane crash

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:23