July 21, 2014
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- The UN Security council passed Resolution 2166
, 15-0, calling for a fair and independent investigation of the MH17 crash in Ukraine.
Australia, which lost 28 citizens in the crash, had introduced a resolution over the weekend. Russia agreed to vote for it after changes to wording, such as changing "shooting down" to "downing." Russia has supported pro-separatist in east Ukraine.
A Malaysian passenger jet carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday, July 17 in the Donetsk area today. Rebels were accused of using a Buk anti-aircraft missile. The government of the Netherlands has opened a criminal investigation in the crash. The flight originated from Amsterdam and was headed towards Kuala Lumpur.
International Reaction to Crash
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said there is "enormous evidence" that Russia supplied rebels in east Ukraine with the BUK missile system that downed MH17, and UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned that Russia risks becoming a "pariah state" because of the incident.
For more background, maps and a timeline about the conflict see your page on the Ukraine Conflict.