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US urges 'immediate ceasefire' in Ukraine
Publish Date: Jul 18, 2014
US urges 'immediate ceasefire' in Ukraine
A firefighter stands as flames burst amongst the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine on Friday.
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WASHINGTON - The United States called Thursday for an "immediate ceasefire" in Ukraine to ensure a proper investigation into a Malaysian airliner apparently shot down over the country's rebel-held eastern region.

President Barack Obama earlier joined stunned world leaders in calling for a "credible and unimpeded" international inquiry to determine the causes of a disaster with the potential to further fan the flames of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

"It is critical that there be a full, credible and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

"We urge all concerned -- Russia, the pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine -- to support an immediate ceasefire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains."

He noted that international organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe had a "particularly relevant" role to play as the international community tries to chart the best way forward.

"In the meantime, it is vital that no evidence be tampered with in any way and that all potential evidence and remains at the crash site are undisturbed," Earnest said.


A Malaysian man looks at flight information screens displaying a solidarity message for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 atat Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on Friday


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gives statements about Syria, Gaza and the downing of a Malaysian airline over Ukraine at the UN headquarters in New York


Women wearing traditional Ukrainian headress hold placards protesting against Russian during a protest infront of the White House in Washington, DC

The spokesman noted that Washington was ready to assist an international probe into the accident, offering help from the FBI and National Transportation Safety Board.

While Earnest stopped short of blaming Moscow for the incident, he said the ball was in Russia's court to defuse the tensions in neighboring Ukraine's escalating civil war.

"While we do not yet have all the facts, we do know that this incident occurred in the context of a crisis in Ukraine that is fueled by Russian support for the separatists, including through arms, materiel and training," the spokesman said.

"This incident only highlights the urgency with which we continue to urge Russia to immediately take concrete steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and to support a sustainable ceasefire and path toward peace that the Ukrainian government has consistently put forward."

AFP


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