MH17 crash: Russia's Putin blames 'others' for exploiting tragedy

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lambasted those who use the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for 'mercenary objectives,' the Kremlin said Monday.

hidden July 21, 2014 11:40:50 IST
MH17 crash: Russia's Putin blames 'others' for exploiting tragedy

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has lambasted those who use the downing of a passenger jet MH17  in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives," the Kremlin said Monday.

In a statement posted on the Kremlin website, Putin again lashed out at Ukraine for ongoing violence with pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country.

He says the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash is being used for others' "mercenary objectives," although he does not say specifically who.

MH17 crash Russias Putin blames others for exploiting tragedy

A piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies in the grass near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. AP

Putin also says he supports a crash investigation by a "full team of experts" under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency.

Since a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was downed Thursday over Ukraine, killing everyone on board, the US and others have blamed Moscow, which they say supplies and trains the rebels.

Associated Press

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