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The tragedy of MH17

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in battle-torn Eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

The aircraft, which came down near the rebel-held regional capital of Donetsk, is thought to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

There is no sign of survivors at the crash site. The passengers on board included 154 Dutch, 45 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesian, and 9 Britons, according to the airline.

The origin of the missile that hit the aircraft remains unclear, with both the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russia separatists denying responsibility for downing the plane.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine bore responsibility and that it would not have happened if Kiev hadn't resumed a military campaign against separatists.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country's armed forces did not take action against any airborne targets.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said the plane crash was "not an accident," adding that it was "blown out of the sky."

Click ahead to view the latest developments, in pictures.

By: Ansuya Harjani, writer for CNBC.com
Posted 18 July 2014

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