Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered the country’s government and military to offer full support to the authorities looking into the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
He says that the crash of the Boeing 777 is “absolutely unacceptable” but adds that it “would not have occurred” if there had been peace in eastern Ukraine.
There is no formal confirmation that a hostile act brought down the aircraft, which had been operating a service from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Putin says that he wants to ensure that “objective information” about the circumstances are presented.
He describes the loss as a “crime” and is instructing military departments to provide “necessary assistance” in order to support a “thorough investigation” into the event.