What in the world is happening?!
A Malaysian Airliner Jet with 280 passengers and 15 crew members has reportedly been shot down in Ukraine on Thursday. It was intially reported via Facebook by an adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine named Anton Gerashchenko, calling it an “act of terrorism”.
Malaysian Airlines initially reported the news via Twitter on Thursday:
According to the New York Times, a Russian Military jet had shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace the previous evening. According to reports, the plane came down 20 miles short of entering Russian airspace.
Donetsk People’s Republic, the pro-Russian separatist movement in southeastern Ukraine, denied any involvement in the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17. “We do not have any idea what this is about and who shot down the plane. We’re heading there now to investigate everything independently,” Tatyana Dvoryadkina, co-chair of the DPR told gazeta.ru.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement that he was calling for an immediate investigation of the incident. “We do not exclude that the plane was shot down and confirm that the Ukraine Armed Forces did not fire at any targets in the sky,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, according to his website.
Malaysian airlines just can’t seem to catch a break huh? Our prayers are with the victims and their families of this horrific crash during this time. For continued coverage on the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17, click over to CNN.
Image via Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev