White House spokesman Josh Earnest said this, Censor.NET reports, citing Reuters.
"What we also know is that the Malaysia Airlines jet was brought down by a missile that was fired from the ground. It was fired from the ground in an area that was controlled by separatists, and in an area where the Ukrainians themselves were not actually operating anti-aircraft weapons at that time," Earnest told reporters.
"So that is why we have concluded that Vladimir Putin and the Russians are culpable to this tragedy," he said.
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Earlier, Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in the Donetsk region on July 17. 298 people, including 15 crew members, were on board. Shortly after the crash, separatists claimed responsibility for shooting down a military transport plane on social media. Soon they deleted posts boasting about shooting down a plane and possessing a Buk (SA-11) SAM system.
Audio data provided to the press by the Ukrainian security service revealed authentic conversations between known separatist leaders. Earlier, i n an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovskyi, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence.
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