FIGHTER JETS SHOT DOWN OVER EASTERN UKRAINE

Jul 23, 2014

By Scott Walker

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Ukraine’s military reports two of its fighter jets have been shot down in the unstable eastern part of the country.

That underscores the continuing danger and instability in the region that led to the deaths of almost 300 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight 17 last week.

Pro-Russian separatists are believed to be responsible in both cases. The fighter jets were shot down within 30 kilometres of the MH17 crash site.

Meanwhile, the bodies of victims of MH17 have arrived from Ukraine.

A solemn ceremony took place as two transport planes arrived from Ukraine. They were met by the Dutch King, Queen, and Prime Minister, and a long line of hearses that will carry the bodies to a military facility for identification.

It is unclear how many bodies might still be at the site of the crash. Identification of the remains could take months.

Today is a national day of mourning in the Netherlands.

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