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MH17 Shows Ukraine War Has 'Overspilled' Border, Poroshenko Says

"By today it is evident that militaries in the east of Ukraine cannot go on alone," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says.
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The downing of a passenger jet carrying close to 300 people has turned the war between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian troops into an international conflict, according to the country's leader. "Today the war has overspilled from the territory of Ukraine," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement late Thursday. Ukraine blames rebels in the country's east for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a charge the separatists deny. While American intelligence officials say a surface-to-air missile brought down the plane, they have not said who they think fired it.

"Russia's aggression against Ukraine is not only our problem, but a threat to the European and global security," Poroshenko added. "By today it is evident that militaries in the east of Ukraine cannot go on alone ... Our planes are being shot down. Russia supplies military personnel and state-of-the-art weapons." Poroshenko last week accused Moscow of deploying officers in the violence-plagued east of the country and said a new Russian missile system was being used against his forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the Ukrainian government must bear some responsibility for fighting that led to the jetliner's downing.


- F. Brinley Bruton