An Emergencies Ministry member walks at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014 REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and pro-Russia separatists denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.Malaysia Airlines said the plane was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members.Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at 10,000 meters when it was hit by a missile from a Buk launcher, which can fire up to an altitude of 22,000 meters.It was the second time that a Malaysia Airlines plane was lost in less than six months.Wednesday evening, a Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane, Ukrainian authorities said, adding to what Kiev says is mounting evidence that Moscow is directly supporting the separatists.
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