Canada calls for international probe into Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

QMI Agency, Reuters

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

Canada called Saturday for an “unimpeded international investigation” into the Malaysia Airlines flight that was reportedly shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

Canada has joined Australia, the Netherlands, Malaysia and a number of other countries calling for an international investigation after MH17 crashed over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Canadian Andrei Anghel was among the casualties.

Ukraine has blamed pro-Russian separatists in the region, accusing them of shooting the plane out of the sky with a surface-to-air missile financed by Moscow.

Russia has, in turn, blamed Ukraine for the tragedy.

“It is increasingly clear that this was an outrageous crime perpetrated against hundreds of innocent civilians, of many nationalities,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement.

“Evidence suggests the airliner was brought down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by pro-Russian provocateurs in eastern Ukraine.”

International observers at the crash site have been impeded by the pro-Russian rebels who control the region.

“We demand that armed pro-Russian forces immediately withdraw from the crash site to allow Ukrainian and international authorities to conduct their investigative and forensic work,” Baird said.

He called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for the separatist forces, withdraw all troops from Crimea and negotiate a ceasefire between the two sides.

“The conflict in eastern Ukraine is both generated by, and perpetrated by, the Putin regime. Evidence of Russian financial and material support to illegal armed groups in eastern Ukraine is both clear and compelling,” he said. “President Putin has the ability to end this war.”


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