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'This is an absolute disaster': What one reporter saw at the MH17 crash site

Onlookers at the MH17 crash site in eastern UKraine
Onlookers at the MH17 crash site in eastern UKraine
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Ukraine-based journalist Noah Sneider has been among the first to arrive at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, where it went down on Thursday, reportedly killing all 295 people aboard. Sneider has been tweeting from the scene, which he describes in horrifying terms:

That locals say the plane exploded mid-air is, if true, extremely significant as it would suggest that the plane was shot down.

US intelligence agencies seemed to confirm this on Thursday when they reported that they'd detected a surface-to-air missile fired at flight MH17, though they were unsure whether it had come from eastern Ukraine or from Russia.

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