Posted at: 07/17/2014 10:35 PM
Updated at: 07/17/2014 11:20 PM
Photo: (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Ukraine's U.N. ambassador says the Malaysian airliner would not have crashed if Russia hadn't given pro-Russian separatists a sophisticated missile system that can hit planes.
Yuriy Sergeyev told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that Russia bears responsibility for the disaster, along with the separatists, whom he called "terrorists."
The ambassador says that in intercepted phone calls, separatists first thought the plane was a military aircraft. After they went to the site and discovered it was a civilian plane, he says, they responded like "animals" and said the aircraft should have been flying over eastern Ukraine.
The calls haven't been verified.
But, Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine bears responsibility for crash of Malaysian airliner. The Kremlin quotes Putin as telling a meeting of his economic advisers, "this tragedy would not have happened if there were peace" in Ukraine and military actions had not been renewed.
The plane carried 298 people.
Britain says the U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine.