Obama Releases Statement On US Position In Ukraine-Russia Conflict

The President's speech was firm, but measured as he discussed the United States' plans post-Malaysia air incident.

  • Obama Calls For Credible Investigation Into Malaysia Airlines Crash

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    The moment news reached the US of Malaysia plane crash in the Ukraine, people understood the implications. With tension already high between the United States and Russia, the crash could provide the US with the final piece of evidence necessary to intervene in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

    Earlier today, President Obama gave a speech regarding the US’s new stance on the issue, having received information that a US citizen had, indeed, been on board the doomed flight: Quinn Lucas Schansman, a dual Dutch-U.S. citizen

    "This outrageous event underscores it's time for peace and security to be restored in Ukraine," Obama said, as recorded by Business Insider. "This is a wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to an escalating conflict in the eastern Ukraine."

    "Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine," he continued. "Moreover, we know that these separatists have received a steady flow of support from Russia. This includes arms and training. It includes heavy weapons."

    Despite this, Obama merely hinted that more sanctions may be placed on Russia – getting involved in a more active military way is not on the agenda for the country. However, Obama was firm in calling for a cease-fire so a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding the plane being shot down could be carried out. FBI and National Transportation Safety Board members are already on their way to the site. Obama’s tone was grim as he spoke about the UN-backed investigation.

    “We will hold all its members, including Russia, to their word,” ABC News recorded the President. Obama’s did not seem entirely confident that evidence would not be tampered with. A remark left press with the impression Obama meant business.

    "The eyes of the world are on Ukraine. We’re going to make sure the truth gets out. ... We don't have time for propaganda. We don't have time for games."

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