That didn't take long for the Ukrainian government to know exactly what happened:
- *UKRAINE REBELS SHOT DOWN MALAYSIAN PLANE, GERASHCHENKO SAYS; But
- *DONETSK SEPARATISTS SAY NOT INVOLVED IN PLANE CRASH: INTERFAX
All 280 passengers and 15 crew were killed in the crash. The Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down by the BUK Missile System according to Interfax.
The BUK Missile system:
Curiously, Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to Ukraine ministry of internal affairs, had a prepared explanation for everything that happened half an hour ago, long before Ukraine even announced it would begin a probe into the flight crash: