A Boeing 777 with 298 people on board is shot down near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. The flight departed from Amsterdam and was on its way to Kuala Lumpur. The flight was at a cruising height of approximately 33,000 feet when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. A U.S. official tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that the Obama administration does not believe Ukraine has the capability or motivation to carry out this act. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the plane never made a distress call. He is calling for full access to the crash scene so a thorough investigation can be carried out.
We must and we will find out precisely what happened to this flight. No stone will be left un-turned. If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.