Poroshenko: "Terrorist attack" caused plane crash

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The smoldering wreckage from a Malaysian passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing 295 people.

In Kiev, President Petro Poroshenko did not mince words about what he believes caused this.

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINE'S PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING:

"It's a terrorist attack."

Ukraine is accusing pro-Russian militants of downing the Boeing 777 with a ground-to-air missile.

The flight, which left from Amsterdam, was headed to Kuala Lumpur.

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINE'S PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING:

"I've just finished a conversation with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and expressed my condolences. On behalf of Ukraine, I invited professionals and experts from the Netherlands to investigate this terrorist attack transparently. I want to point your attention to the fact that we call it neither accident nor catastrophe."

Rebel leaders in Donetsk have denied any involvement, although they reportedly down

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