Ukraine jet near Malaysian plane before crash: Moscow

MOSCOW: Russia on Monday said its records show a Ukrainian fighter jet was flying close to the Malaysian airliner just before it crashed and a US satellite was flying over rebel-held Ukraine at the time. Moscow also denied supplying Ukrainian separatists with Buk missile systems or any other weapons as it sought to head off international accusations it was responsible for the downing of the Malaysian plane with 298 people on board. In the early hours of Monday, the Kremlin released a video address in which President Vladimir Putin said tragedy should unite and not divide people. Armed with a number of slides, charts and images, two officials of Russia’s General Staff laid out a case against Kiev and Washington at a specially called briefing. Lieutenant-General Andrei Kartopolov said the Malaysian plane strayed north of its planned route, adding that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet had been recorded in the proximity of the Boeing 777. 

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