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U.N. condemns plane's downing, but issues remain

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:42

As the United Nations Security Council condemns the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, Russia says Kiev is exploiting the plane disaster. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As a train in eastern Ukraine heads off, carrying bodies and belongings of the victims of the Malaysia passenger plane, tensions escalate in the United Nations Security Council. Even after a unanimous vote to condemn the downing of the plane, the Russian ambassador to the UN warns fellow members not to jump to conclusions. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VITALY CHURKIN, RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING: "What is going on today is absolutely inadmissible. It seems that Kiev is attempting to draw the shock of the international community given the downing of MH17 to step up its punitive operations in the east of the country." The U.S. and its allies have blamed pro-Russian rebels for downing the plane that killed all 298 passengers on board. Russia's full cooperation and its influence over the rebels have raised issues for council members. The council's resolution also demanded respect for the site's integrity and cooperation from armed groups controling the site. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRANS TIMMERMANS, DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER, SAYING: "We haven't seen until today a firm commitment from President Putin. Today is the first day that he made a public statement that the separatists should cooperate with international investigation." Russia's Defense Ministry has challenged accusations that rebels were responsible Instead it Ukrainian warplanes had flown close to the airliner.

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U.N. condemns plane's downing, but issues remain

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:42