Hours after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 carrying 295 people crashed in eastern Ukraine around noon local time Thursday, the blame game is well underway.
While both Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Pazak announced their respective governments will be launching official investigations, there are still many unconfirmed details surrounding the crashed plane — believed to have been shot down -- and everyone is pointing fingers.
The flight left Amsterdam at 12:18 p.m. local time and was on its way to Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur before disappearing over Ukrainian air space, reportedly near the Ukrainian-Russia boarder. Though the investigations have yet to yield any information on how the plane came down, there is plenty of blame to go around.
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— The Associated Press (@AP) July 17, 2014
— CNN (@CNN) July 17, 2014
Ukraine's FM tells #CNN places blame clearly on pro-Russian separatists: "it is clear as day... they've been hunting out planes for weeks."
— Javi Morgado (@javimorgado) July 17, 2014
However, there's little confirmed thus far, as governments have been slow to report new information.
I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) July 17, 2014
— Hishammuddin Hussein (@HishammuddinH2O) July 17, 2014
On reports of tragic Malaysian plane crash: at this time US do not have any confirmation of cause, individuals on plane or any addl details
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) July 17, 2014
Though there is one person taking responsibility: Igor Strelkov, the defense minister for the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, though no formal government has responded or given credence to this announcement.
— Ukraine Reporter (@StateOfUkraine) July 17, 2014
Agence France-Presse has reported that all those aboard the downed Boeing 777 -- 280 passengers and 15 crew members-- are presumed dead.