President Obama Speaks on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia and Ukraine, and the Situation in Gaza

United States President Barack Obama


Today, the President delivered a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

"Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken -- men, women, children, infants -- who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine," President Obama said. "Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions."

President Obama noted that this was "a global tragedy -- an Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies, filled with citizens from many countries." And as a result, there now needs to be a credible, international investigation into exactly what happened.

Watch the President's full statement here:

President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press.












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