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Ukraine conflict slowing crash investigation

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A Ukrainian electrical worker repairs a power line at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine.
Associated Press/Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky
A Ukrainian electrical worker repairs a power line at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a cease-fire Friday and urged both sides to come to the negotiating table. On Thursday, Putin blamed Ukraine for the accident, a claim he did not repeat today. Russia denies any involvement in the incident, but Putin did not address questions about whether his government had provided the rebels with surface-to-air missiles capable of taking down a plane flying at that altitude.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott angrily suggested Russia had something to hide.

“The initial response of the Russian ambassador was to blame Ukraine for this and I have to say that is deeply, deeply unsatisfactory,” he said. “It’s very important that we don’t allow Russia to prevent an absolutely comprehensive investigation so that we can find out exactly what happened here. … This is not an accident, it’s a crime.”

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to make a statement about the downed plane later this morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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