Local reaction to Malaysian flight 17 crash

Smoke rises up at a crash site of a passenger plane, near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace.
Smoke rises up at a crash site of a passenger plane, near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace.

Yesterday President Obama delivered a statement calling the death of the nearly 300 passengers an “outrage of unspeakable proportions.”

He also said that evidence indicates the plane was shot down by a missile fired from an area of Ukraine that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

We spoke with a local political analyst to see how this may further raise tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

“Now we’re seeing a different Russia acting out on the world’s stage and I think the world is trying to decide what it’s going to do about that. If you look at the U.S. under the Obama Administration we’re really pulled back and not been leaders in foreign policy,” says Political Analyst Eric Shoars.

In his address President Obama said that the U.S. is ready to provide assistance in the investigation if needed.

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