Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that the government is launching an investigation into the incident, but called the event “a terrorist act.” He said Ukrainian forces had nothing to do with the plane crash. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said the plane was brought down by a missile. Government emergency officials were holding a news conference at 8:30 p.m. on July 17.
Malaysian President Mohd Najib Tun Razak tweeted: “I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.”
According to the anti-terrorist operation’s information center, Ukraine’s aviation did not fly today. The area where the plane crashed was in an area controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists.