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US says no evidence of direct Russian involvement in downing of MH17

Washington - US intelligence has found no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of a Malaysian airliner last week, but Washington blames Moscow for creating conditions that led to the plane being shot down, unnamed officials tell US media.

The plane was likely shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the US says. The plane was likely targeted by accident, an official says.

"We’re still working to determine whether there was a direct link, whether there were Russians on the ground, whether they trained these separatists," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor, tells CNN in an interview.

DPA


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