Ukrainian govt. and rebels deny shooting plane down
KIEV, Ukraine - Both government officials and rebel forces in the Ukraine denied shooting down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that went down in the country Thursday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said "we do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets."
Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk also denied responsibility. Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister for the rebels, told The Associated Press the plane must have been shot down by Ukrainian government troops. He gave no proof for his statement.
A Ukrainian official said the passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.
President Poroshenko said "we are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible."