Ukraine: Airliner downing made possible by Russia

Ukrainian U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, center, speaks alongside French U.N. Ambassador Gérard Araud, right, and Netherlands U.N. Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, left, during a U.N. Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Friday, July 18, 2014. Britain's U.N. Mission says it requested an emergency meeting after Thursday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people over eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.N. says the downing of the Malaysian airliner would not have happened if Russia did not provide sophisticated anti-aircraft systems to separatist rebels.

Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that communications and intercepts, photos and videos indicate that the rebels have at least two SA-11 missile systems.

He added that detained rebels have told Ukraine that they also have a Buk missile system from Russia.

Sergeyev said that immediately after the crash, a rebel military leader had boasted in social media of shooting down what he thought was a Ukrainian jet.

He also said that in previous days, rebels had shot down two Ukrainian jets, and claimed responsibility in intercepted telephone conversations with a Russian military intelligence colonel.


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