The United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting Friday morning to discuss Thursday's MH17 crash in Ukraine. And so far, it seems like the United States is placing responsibility on Russia.
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told the security council that if Russian-backed separatists did fire on the plane, it is unlikely they operated alone. "Because of the technical complexity of the SA-11 [the missile system believed to have been used], it is unlikely the separatists could have effectively operated the system without assistance from knowledgeable personnel."
Power concluded with a direct message to Russia. "This appalling attack occurred in the context of a crisis that has been fueled by Russian support and separatists and by Russian failure to follow through on its commitments," she said. "This tragedy only underscores the determination in which we insist Russia immediately take concrete steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. This war can be ended. Russia must end this war."
Russia's U.N. ambassador, meanwhile, tried to slow down any quick judgements against Russia, but welcomed an investigation. "We think it would be right to create an international commission," said Vitaly Churkin. He did, however, place blame on Ukraine. "Why did the Ukrainian aviation dispatcher send a passenger flight to an area of military clashes, an area which was being used for carrying out strikes against civilian parties amongst other and where there were anti-aircraft systems working," he asked. "In an airspace, it's the responsibility of that state, in line with international standards on the territory where the flight is being carried out, the state must provide aviation information necessary for ensuring the security of aviation."