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Doug Saunder
Doug Saunder
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Doug Saunders

MH17: Putin’s four big excuses

To most impartial observers, the bulk of evidence seems to suggest that Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on Thursday over Ukraine’s embattled Donetsk region by pro-Russian separatist rebels, using surface-to-air missiles either seized from Ukraine or provided by Russia.

This possibility, if it proves true, would not be good news for Russia, whose backing of the Ukrainian rebels will then have created a truly international catastrophe, involving an Asian jetliner flying from Western Europe to Australia with people from a dozen countries on board, including more than 100 AIDS experts en route to a conference in Melbourne.