(CNBC) A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was hit by a surface-to-air missile, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Officials were divided over the origin of the missile that hit the plane, which crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said the plane was shot down, adding that it was "not an accident" and was "blown out of the sky."
Both the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Ukraine bore responsibility for the downing of a passenger plane in the country's east, saying it would not have happened if Kiev had not resumed a military campaign against separatists.