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Rep. Gerry Connolly: “Putin’s brinkmanship begets yet another tragedy in Ukraine”


I just got this statement from Rep. Gerry Connolly’s office. Assuming this was pro-Russian separatists armed by Russia, I agree with Rep. Connolly that this is Putin’s fault. The question is, now what? Just horrifying…

Rep. Connolly Statement on Crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine

“Putin’s brinkmanship begets yet another tragedy in Ukraine”

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today on the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine:

“My condolences go out to the families of those aboard the downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which crashed today in eastern Ukraine.

“Prime Minister Putin’s illegal action in Crimea and continued brinksmanship begets yet another tragedy in Ukraine, and the international community should be outraged. This latest instance of aggression committed by those who would rather perpetuate a cycle of violence than seek peace, is an unfortunate consequence of Russian meddling in Ukraine.

“This tragedy should compel the international community to strengthen its resolve to condemn and counter the violation of national sovereignty that precipitated this entire crisis.”

  • AnonymousIsAWoman

    Depending on who actually shot the plane down.  If it is covert Russian troops, and there has been evidence that some of the so-called Ukrainian separatists are actually Russian military, it is an act of war.  If it is actual Ukrainian separatists, then it is still an act of terror for which Putin bears some responsibility. He has been encouraging their actions.

  • pol
  • “Yesterday’s shocking missile attack on a Malaysian Air flight over Ukraine rips away the last pretense regarding Vladimir Putin’s intentions.  By encouraging and arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, Putin has shown a complete disregard for the sovereignty of that nation. If investigators confirm it to be true that the separatists engaged in this attack on innocent travelers, I hope that the entire global community, especially European nations, join in a vigorous effort to punish and sanction Russia for its dangerous support to separatists and their illegal behavior.”