The horrors of war were front and center on the world stage yesterday as news spread that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet had been shot down. The jet was flying over a portion of the war-torn Ukraine when suspected Russian separatists fired a missile, hitting the jet and killing all 298 people aboard.
Reports are coming in of plane wreckage and body parts scattered for miles along the crash area. According to the Ukrainian government the missile was fired from a Russian-made Buk surface to air missile launcher.
International authorities are outraged at the incident and now believe that Russia is attempting to destabilize the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin blamed the government of the Ukraine for the crash because the plane was shot down in the Ukraine. “This tragedy would not have happened, if there had been peace on that land, or in any case if military operations in southeastern Ukraine had not been renewed,” said Putin.
This is the second plane lost by Malaysia Airlines this year. Almost six months ago a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared over the Indian Ocean. No wreckage has been located for that lost jet and its disappearance remains a mystery.