Emergency services attempt to put out fires around smouldering wreckage of Malaysian airliner that crashes in Ukraine, killing all on board. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Emergencies ministry personnel attempted to extinguish fires from the wreckage of a Malaysia Airways Boeing 777 that crashed near the Ukrainian border that still burned hours later on Thursday (July 17). A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides. Ukraine accused "terrorists" - militants fighting to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia - of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with a heavy, Soviet-era SA-11 ground-to-air missile as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Leaders of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic denied any involvement, although around the same time their military commander said his forces had downed a much smaller Ukrainian transport plane. It would be their third such kill this week. The scale of the disaster affecting scores of foreigners could prove a turning point for international pressure to resolve a crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives in Ukraine since pro-Western protests toppled the Moscow-backed president in Kiev in February and Russia annexed Crimea a month later.