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Airline disaster hikes emotions in Ukraine

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Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called pro-Russian separatists gorillas following the disaster. (Source: FOX) Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called pro-Russian separatists gorillas following the disaster. (Source: FOX)

KIEV, UKRAINE (FOX) - The U.S. believes Russian-backed separatists are responsible for the downing of a passenger airliner killing nearly 300 people.

There are still many unanswered questions in an unfolding investigation. Like who gave them the missile and trained them to use it?

Why was that plane targeted or was it? And more, but there is strong evidence that points to Russia's involvement one way or another.

Trying to analyze what happened to the Malaysian airliner is complicated by the fact that the wreckage lies in an active war zone.

The sound of Russian made missiles could be heard in the distance as smoke rose from charred plane parts, bodies and luggage.

Among the dead is at least one U.S. citizen.

Netherlands suffered the worst with more than 170 Dutch passengers on board.

Rebel leaders in the area say they do not possess the plane's black box recording devices.

But they also deny shooting down the plane or even having the capacity to launch sophisticated surface to air missiles, despite captured recordings that seem to point to rebel involvement.

 "Yes Majorac. Downed the plane just now," a separatist is heard saying in one conversation.

Someone else at the crash site describes seeing chairs, bodies.

"Are there any weapons?" he is asked.

"Nothing at all," he responds. "Civilian things, towels, toilet paper."

 While both presidents Putin and Obama have called for an immediate cease-fire, in Ukraine emotions are running high.

"It's crystal clear that this is the Russian Federation who violated the international law, who crossed the border. They supplied lethal weapons, artillery, personal armed vehicle. They supplied all these bastards and gorillas and this the Russian government who is responsible for the violation of international law," Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.

Ukraine's fledgling government will be under intense pressure to hit back against the rebels.

An attack against the rebel stronghold in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine would mean urban warfare with each side possessing heavy armor.

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