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Ukraine / Plane Disaster #1127686

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 18, 2014
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) President Obama’s remarks on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down by a missile in a part of Ukraine held by pro-Russia rebels, noted. [OBAMA – says separatists can’t shoot down planes without sophisticated equipment and that is coming from Russia.]

(Donetsk, Ukraine: Mark Phillips) The difficulty in investigating the crash because it is located in a war zone featured; scenes shown from the crash site, which spreads over 9 miles, of sticks with ribbons where bodies were sighted by locals, debris, personal effects, and OSCE monitors who were only allowed a brief visit by the rebels. [OSCE spokesman Michael BOCIURKIW††- notes concerns about the location of the black boxes and the security of the perimeter.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Evidence from US intelligence indicating a surface-to-air missile was used in the attack and where it was fired from reviewed; animation shown. [Pentagon spokesman Adm. John KIRBY††- says it strains credulity to think the SA-11 system could be used by separatists without some measure of Russian support.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) The nationalities of the victims outlined on screen.

(New York: Jim Axelrod) The victims of MH17 featured; photos shown, including American Quinn Schansman††, Tambi Jiee††, his wife Ariza Ghazalee†† and their 4 children, Nick Norris†† and his grandchildren Otis, Evie & Mo, Karlijn Keijzer††, and Sanjid Singh Sandhu†.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) The AIDS experts on the plane heading to a conference in Australia and the reaction from former President Bill Clinton noted.

(Amsterdam: Elizabeth Palmer) AIDS expert Joep Lange and his life partner Jacqueline van Tongeren††, who died in the attack, featured. [Lange’s friend Tobias RINKE DE WIT††- says Joep gave face to nameless people in Africa and Asia who are suffering from one of the biggest epidemics of all time.] [Van Tongeren’s colleague Sun DING††- reacts.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(White House: Major Garrett) The administration’s anger against Russia featured. [OBAMA – says the violence in Ukraine is facilitated in part because of Russian support.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Clarissa Ward) Russia’s denial of responsibility featured; details given about the blaming of the Ukrainian military and the claim that a Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile battery have been operational in the region; scenes shown of Russian citizens laying flowers outside the Dutch and Malaysian embassies; photo shown of separatist leader Igor Girkin†, a Russian citizen who took credit for shooting down a military aircraft. The audiotape of a separatist commander talking about shooting down a plane discussed.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Live discussion held with CBS national security contributor Mike Morell†† about this tragedy. [MORELL – outlines the degrees of Russia’s involvement; says Russian President Vladimir Putin is in a very bad place.]

Pelley, Scott;
Phillips, Mark;
Martin, David;
Axelrod, Jim;
Palmer, Elizabeth;
Garrett, Major;
Ward, Clarissa

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