Malaysia airliner disaster: 'challenge to whole world'

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Malaysia airliner disaster: 'challenge to whole world'

Malaysia airliner disaster: 'challenge to whole world'
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the “terrorist” attack on the downed Malaysian airline over eastern Ukraine on Thursday poses a challenge to the whole world.

“Shooting down a civilian aircraft is an act of international terrorism targeted against the entire world. This is a wake-up call for the whole world and we expect for an adequate respone from the international community,” said Poroshenko.

The 298 passengers and crew

  • 3 of the passengers were infants
  • 154 were Dutch
  • 27 were Australian
  • 45 were Malaysian
  • 12 were Indonesian
  • 9 were British
  • 4 were German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino and 1 Canadian
  • All 15 crew were Malaysian
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed military conflict in the southeast of Ukraine for the crash.

    “…I want to emphasize that this tragedy would not have happened if there was peace in that land, and […] if the military activities had not resumed in the southeast of Ukraine,” Putin added.

    The Russian president said that Russia would “provide all necessary assistance in the investigation of this crime,” and asked his top economic advisors to observe a minute of silence for the victims.

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak demanded swift justice for those responsible if a Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine was found to have been shot out of the air.

    He addressed the crash of a Malaysia airlines flight for the second time in a year.