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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Merkel urges quick Ukraine ceasefire, Russian cooperation

Published on Jul 18, 2014 11:42 PM
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Friday for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to facilitate a probe into the apparent downing of a passenger plane in the rebel-held east of the country. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Friday for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to facilitate a probe into the apparent downing of a passenger plane in the rebel-held east of the country.

Merkel said Russia in particular must do its part to bring about a "political solution" to the conflict in Ukraine, adding that Moscow bore responsibility "for what is happening" in the strife-torn country.

"What is important now is for an independent investigation to take place as soon as possible," Merkel told reporters, after expressing her sympathies to the families of the crash victims.

"For that, a ceasefire is needed, and then it is of course crucial for those responsible to be brought to justice."

 
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