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Russia may have trained Ukraine separatists to use missiles, U.S. says
Russia may have trained Ukraine separatists to use missiles, U.S. says

Pro-Russia separatists who are believed to have used the “Buk” antiaircraft missile system to shoot down a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine probably needed Russian assistance to operate it, senior U.S. officials said Friday. The Russian-designed missile system, also known as an SA-11, “is a sophisticated piece of technology, and it strains credulity to think that it could be used by separatists without at least some measure of Russian support and technical assistance,“ Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon. Whether Russian military personnel were involved, either in training Ukrainian militants or actually operating the system, is emerging as...

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