President Obama addressed the world earlier today about the continuing crisis in Ukraine. In his speech, he called on Russia to force the pro-Russian separatists to cooperate with the investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. He didn't say much else.
First, handling some house business, he said that Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Cairo to help broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Just a day before, Kerry had been caught on an open mic expressing his frustration with the mounting death tolls in Gaza.
The president echoed Kerry, asserting Israel's right to defense while expressing serious concern about the death of innocent civilians in the conflict, particularly in Gaza. He called for an immediate ceasefire using the parameters of the 2012 Egypt-brokered ceasefire.
Obama then moved on the main event, addressing the downing of MH17. In it, he expressed his condolences about the deaths of the 298 passengers, saying "our hearts have been absolutely broken."
He then turned to the matter of Russia, which Obama blamed for training and arming the pro-Russian separatists, including with the anti-aircraft weaponry that is widely believed to have been used in the attack. He called on the pro-Russian separatists to allow investigators to find out what happened and not tamper with evidence, adding that Putin "has direct responsibility to compel" the separatists to cooperate.