'Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday blamed the Ukrainian
government for the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying the
state bears some responsibility for fighting that may have led to the
jet's apparent downing by a surface-to-air missile.
"I would like to point out in this regard, that this tragedy would not
have occurred if there was peace in that land, at least, if
hostilities had not resumed in the South-East of Ukraine," Putin said.
"And without question, the state over whose territory this took place,
bears responsibility for this awful tragedy."