Breaking: Ukrainian Rebels Suspected in Downing of Malaysian Aircraft

UkraineThe 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.


Shannon Grady

South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

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