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Friday, July 18, 2014

Former Ukraine Ambassador: Rebels Likely Shot Plane Down

Rescuers stand on July 18 at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Brookings Institution senior fellow Steven Pifer believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be pressured into ending the flow of weapons into Ukraine. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescuers stand on July 18 at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Brookings Institution senior fellow Steven Pifer believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be pressured into ending the flow of weapons into Ukraine. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer says that indications are that pro-Russian separatists shot down the plane “probably in error.”

Pifer says separatists claimed on a website yesterday that they shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft at the time MH17 was flying over Ukraininan air space. Ukraininan intelligence agents also recorded rebels at the crash site acknowledging that it wasn’t a military but a civilian airliner from Malaysia.

He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the situation.

Guest

  • Steven Piferdirector of the Brookings Institution’s Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in Brookings’ Foreign Policy program. He tweets @steven_pifer.

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