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President Barack Obama says the United States will offer any assistance it can to help with the investigation of a plane ...
crash in Ukraine. Ukraine said the passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down. (July 17)
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SHOTLIST:POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYWilmington, Delaware - July 17, 20141. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama, (D) United States:"obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border and it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we are working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority and I've directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukranian government. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of all the passengers wherever they call home "STORYLINE:President Barack Obama says the United States will offer any assistance it can to help with the investigation of a plane crash in Ukraine.Ukraine said the passenger plane carrying 295 people, including 23 Americans, was shot down.Both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the downing an act of terrorism and called for an international investigation into the crash.The village of Grabovo is currently under the control of the separatists and the area has seen severe fighting between the two sides in recent days.