Relatives of passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam cry as they arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. (AFP/MANAN VATSYAYANA)
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World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine, as Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for a tragedy that stoked tensions between Russia and the West.One U.S. official said Washington strongly suspected the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was downed by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow.The Kremlin leader called it a "tragedy" but did not say who brought the Boeing 777 down.U.S. President Barack Obama, who spoke to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as well as other leaders, said evidence from the crash must remain in Ukraine so international investigators have a chance to look at all of it, officials said.Kiev complained that separatists prevented Ukrainian officials from reaching the site.Ukrainian officials accused rebels of using a Soviet-era SA-11 missile system acquired from Russia.The Malaysia plane was flying 1,000 ft higher, officials said.Some international airlines, including Australia's Qantas Airways and Korea's two major carriers, shifted the route taken by flights operating over Ukrainian air space months ago amid increasing tensions between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.
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