The crisis in Ukraine has not improved despite it having fallen from the headlines. Today it appears the Russian supported Rebels found a way to put their plight back in the headlines. News agencies are reporting that a Malaysian Airline plane carrying 295 civilians was shot down over the Donetsk region of Ukraine. The aircraft departed from Amsterdam and was headed for Kuala Lumpur when it disappeared from radar as it crossed over Ukrainian airspace.
In an earlier story, the Ukrainian government issued a statement accusing a Russian fighter plane of having shot down a Ukraine fighter jet on Thursday. The SU-25 Ukrainian fighter plane was said to be performing military operations over Eastern Ukraine. The region has been under attack from pro-Russian separatist since shortly after the Russian government took control of the Crimea.
Conflicting reports as to who is responsible for the civilian airliner being shot down have yet to be cleared up. Pro-Russians are blaming the Ukrainian government and the news from Kiev is that the plane was brought down with a Buk surface to air missile. The Buk is a Russian made missile system and may have been deployed by Pro-Russian Rebels who have previously been blamed for shooting down civilian aircraft.
In the days and weeks ahead the details may become clearer, what is certain now is that the conflict in Ukraine is not gone simply because our media has elected to drop coverage of the story. Russian aggression remains a serious issue and will likely be addressed in the coming days and weeks ahead. The Obama administration continues to claim they have brought the world to a more, “tranquil” place but the facts indicate otherwise.
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