US President Barack Obama says it is highly likely that the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.
Obama issued a statement at the White House on Friday.
The statement says that the surface-to-air missile was fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.
It notes that the armed rebels have shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane and helicopter before.
The statement calls for an international investigation to pinpoint the cause of the accident.
Jul. 18, 2014 - Updated 17:04 UTC