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Obama: pro-Russian separatists likely downed jet

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