Poland's foreign minister gives condolences after Malaysian plane crashes in Ukraine
July 18, 2014
Debris of the Malaysian plane
Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski has expressed his condolences after Malaysia Airlines flight crashed during flying over the eastern Ukraine region near Donetsk, reportedly struck by a surface-to-air missile.
“Unspeakable horror for the passengers of downed flight MH17. Condolences to families, justice for perpetrators and those who enabled them,” Sikorski tweeted on Thursday.
Marcin Wojciechowski, press spokesman also tweeted his condolences. “We are deeply moved by horrible tragedy in Eastern Ukraine. Heartful condolences to the Malaysian people and relatives of the victims”.
A Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 295 people on board crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the village of Grabovo, between Krasni Luch in the Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk.
A statement from the Foreign Ministry in Kiev said the plane had been "shot down."
"According to the General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces, the airplane was shot down by the Russian Buk missile system as the liner was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters," the statement read. "Ukraine has no long-range air defense missile systems in this area. The plane was shot down, because the Russian air defense systems was affording protection to Russian mercenaries and terrorists in this area. Ukraine will present the evidence of Russian military involvement into the Boeing crash."
All passengers on board Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur are dead. Malaysia Airlines said that it lost contact with Flight MH17 at 1415 GMT, about 50 kilometers from the Russia-Ukraine border. The plane was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members.