Hillary Clinton says 'growing awareness' points to separatists in Ukraine air disaster
July 17th, 2014
07:49 PM ET
2 months ago

Hillary Clinton says 'growing awareness' points to separatists in Ukraine air disaster

Washington (CNN) - There appears "to be some growing awareness" that "Russian insurgents" were behind the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner in Ukraine on Thursday, Hillary Clinton said.

"If there is evidence pointing in that direction, the equipment had to have come from Russia," the former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said.

"There is a great deal of concern that not only was a civilian plane shot down but what this means about the continuing conflict in eastern Ukraine and the role that Russia is playing," she added.

Her comments came as part of a sweeping interview with Charlie Rose on PBS and Bloomberg.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was carrying nearly 300 passengers and crew when it crashed in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine.

The disaster prompted swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot it down. U.S. intelligence has also concluded that the plane was shot down. But it hasn't pinpointed who was responsible.

Clinton has made tough talk against Russian President Vladimir Putin a staple of her public remarks on foreign policy.

She told Rose that if Russia is held culpable, Europe should look to toughen its own sanctions over its incursion into Ukraine this year and accelerate efforts to break away from its use of Russian energy.

"Europeans have to be the ones to take the lead on this," Clinton said. "It was a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over European territory. There should be outrage in European capitals."

Putin is blaming Ukraine's military campaign against the separatists for the disaster.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. g

    maybe they came from Canada like the the 911 terrorist Hillary

    July 17, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    I say it was Russian Army..........period.

    July 17, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Let Netherlands,EU involve. We will watch by being on sides. If help needed, we will help. Not direct involvement.

    July 17, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Tim

    How is your reset button working Hillary ? You idiot.

    July 17, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. freedom

    What does she know – or care! She left Americans to be brutally assassinated in Benghazi – and it does make a difference!

    July 17, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. yolanda

    So what? Why not print what LeBron James or L'il Wayne think? CNN should label this as a paid political endorsement. Or better yet, let's get Hillary's opinion on Phil Jackson retaining Carmelo Anrhony and what her view on the NY Knicks prospects are for the coming season. We have a sitting president, vice-president and many other relevant people whose insights on this subject are germaine....not so much the touring book huckster.

    July 17, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein

    I can believe that it could be the pro-Russian separatist did this. I guess the questions I have are: how did they see this plane since it was likely traveling at 30,000 feet; what were they thinking was flying?

    July 17, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Can we wait to find proof and facts based on real data .

    John McCain / Hillary Clinton 2016

    We don't know yet , hearsay is what we do best .

    July 17, 2014 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. John

    Putin got a big head after the Olympics...he saw the world seeing his way long enough to expand his old Soviet Union thoughts.........Just tried to go a little too fast....and Obama was there to counter his aggressive goals......thank god for that one.....

    July 17, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    The plane seems to have strayed a bit north of the main commercial lanes, and the separatists thought it was a transport.

    July 18, 2014 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. salty dog

    This is obviously Obama's fault, somehow, its gotta be. I can only imagine, let's hear it rwnj.

    July 18, 2014 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. salty dog

    Blah blah reset, yada yada, weak, lets hear something smart from you guys. Your inability to properly assign blame makes one wonder about your personal life, yikes!!

    July 18, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. Lizzie

    S. B. Stein
    I can believe that it could be the pro-Russian separatist did this. I guess the questions I have are: how did they see this plane since it was likely traveling at 30,000 feet; what were they thinking was flying?
    -the separatists have NO planes, but have shot down Ukrainian military transport planes with Russian provided missiles, plus their so-called leader bragged about shooting down A PLANE on facebook, which was deleted AFTER it became known to be a passenger jet.

    July 18, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Dean

    Hillary is the last person I'd listen to concerning foreign affairs.

    July 18, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Thomas

    It's Obamas falt , if he had been more focused civil aviation then foreign policy this would have never happen ?

    July 18, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |