In the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 passenger plane crash in the Ukraine near the Russian border, reports have been flying about the circumstances of the incident. Ukrainian officials suggested that the aircraft was shot down by pro-Russia separatists, who had been engaging in battle with the Ukrainian military in the same area as the crash site. Both Russia and rebel leaders have denied responsibility. On Thursday, president Vladimir Putin released a preliminary statement on the MH17 crash via the Kremlin.
Later Thursday, the Kremlin released a longer statement on behalf of Putin. (Translation courtesy of Google.)