FHM Nation, please pray for the souls of the 298 passengers of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, who were all killed during a terrorist attack yesterday, July 17.
Reports indicate that the plane was shot down by a missile and crashed in Ukraine, fueling speculations that the country may be responsible for the attack. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, however, denies this. "We confirm that that the Ukraine Armed Forces did not fire at any targets in the sky," he writes on his official website.
If the Ukrainians are claiming that they aren't responsible, then who is? Is there any evidence that might suggest a different reason for this horrific disaster? How is the rest of the world responding to this? Worse, were there any Filipinos involved? Here's what we know so far:
Gawker says that the plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down at about 33,000 feet. Malaysia Airlines officials suggest that air traffic control lost contact with the plane at 4:15 p.m. yesterday.
U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed that a surface-to-air missile took down the jet, but they are divided on who fired it, according to the Wall Street Journal. Former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton believes however that this is the work of Russian-backed rebels from Ukraine. "This incident occurred in the context of a crisis in Ukraine that is fueled by Russian support for the separatists," she tells Charlie Rose.
According to Rappler, a series of social media posts from pro-Russian insurgents may suggest that the rebels thought they had shot down an Ukrainian army plane before realizing in horror that it was in fact a packed Malaysian airliner. "We just downed an AN-26 near Torez," posted Donetsk Republic defense minister Igor Strelkov moments before the news broke. The post has since been deleted.
Yahoo! News Malaysia reports that Russia is denying responsibility for the disaster. "We didn't do it," says Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin. Russian president Vladimir Putin is blaming Ukraine for the attack.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that there were three Filipinos on board Flight MH17: a mother, her son, and her daughter. Aside from Pinoys, it's been confirmed that the plane also had Dutch, Australian, Malaysian, Indonesian, British, German, Belgian, and Canadian passengers. Reuters writes that there were also more than 20 Americans in the crash, but President Barack Obama has yet to acknowledge this.