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July 21, 2014

Flight MH17 and the role of Ukraine’s rebels

There is one important reason Ukrainian authorities are so sure that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet: An account on the Russian social network Vkontakte, in which insurgent military leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, boasted about the rebels shooting down a plane at about the time of the crash. The most realistic version of events is that the rebels thought they were aiming a ground-to-air missile at a Ukrainian transport plane.

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