During a somber press conference this afternoon, President Obama said that officials believe Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by missile in a separatist-controlled area of eastern Ukraine: 

Obama also said the U.S. has "increasing confidence that [the missile] came from areas controlled by the separatists" in eastern Ukraine. When asked about Russia's role in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, he responded, "What we do know is that the violence that's taking place there is facilitated in large part because of Russian support. And they have the ability to move those separatists in a different direction."

Furthermore, Obama said an American was among the 298 people aboard the flight who were killed. The passenger has been identified as Quinn Lucas Schansman, though no other details have been revealed about him. 

Obama added that experts from the FBI and National Transportation Safety Board were en route to the Ukraine to investigate the specifics of the crash.

[via Gawker and Associated Press]

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