Today, approximately at 16.20 (Kyiv time) a Malaysia Airlines aircraft Boeing 777, flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur has vanished off radars.
In recent days, this has become the third tragic accident following AN-26 and SU-25 aircrafts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces downed from the Russian territory. We do not exclude that this aircraft was also attacked and emphasize that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have not taken any actions to strike targets in the air.
On behalf of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko expresses the deepest and the most sincere condolences to families and friends of those who died in this terrible tragedy.
All possible search-and-rescue operations are being carrying out.
President Poroshenko addressed the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to set up an Emergency State Commission for the thorough investigation of this tragedy.
The President has invited the ICAO and other international experts including Dutch and Malaysian representatives to join the investigation efforts.
We are confident that those responsible for this tragedy will be brought to justice.