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Local Ukraine Expert Weighs in on Plane Crash

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Thursday brought another tragedy for Malaysia Airlines after a jetliner crashed in Eastern Ukraine.

US intelligence said it appeared the plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. The Boeing 777 crash happened in an area of intense fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukranian forces. Both sides have been pointing fingers at each other.

Cedar Rapids resident, Tatyana Kieler, was born in Russia and lived in Ukraine.
I know that people is running away from Ukraine not without reason, Kieler said.

Thats why she isnt ready to point the finger at Russia for the crash that killed nearly 300 people
The president of Ukraine has his own opinion, I have own opinion, but I think Russia would not just do it, Keiler said.
The flight left Amsterdam Thursday morning, bound for Kuala Lumpur, going down in an area where US Airlines are not allowed to fly.
University of Iowa professor and expert on Ukraine, Vicki Claypool, has a similar stance to Kielers.
I think it was an accident number one, and secondly, I also dont think that Putins behind it at all, Claypool said. 
Claypool believes militias, not controlled by Ukraine or Russia, are responsible.
They hit the wrong target. They hit a civilian airline when they thought they were going after a Ukranian military plane, Claypool said.


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