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Malaysian jet reportedly shot down in Ukraine

Russian media say a Malaysia Airlines jet has been shot down in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

Malaysia Airlines says on Twitter that it lost contact with flight MH17 on Thursday. The Boeing 777 plane left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers. The company says its last known position was over eastern Ukraine, about 50 kilometers from the Russian border.

Russia's Interfax news agency quoted a senior Ukrainian Interior Ministry official as saying the jet went down over the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk near the Russian border. It reports that all on board are dead.

The Reuters news agency reports that burning wreckage near Donetsk has been confirmed to be part of the Malaysian jet.

Ukraine's presidential office released a statement by President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday. He said 2 Ukrainian warplanes have been downed recently and he cannot rule out that the Malaysian plane was shot down.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak wrote on Twitter that he is shocked by reports that a Malaysian plane crashed. He said the government will immediately launch an investigation.

Jul. 17, 2014 - Updated 21:16 UTC