Obama: Plane Tragedy 'An Outrage Of Unspeakable Proportions'
President Obama took the White House podium this morning to directly address the Ukraine plane tragedy after a Malaysian flight was shot down killing nearly 300 people.
"Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions,” Obama said.
Obama said that only one American citizen was currently confirmed as a person aboard the plane.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family for this terrible loss,” Obama said.
Obama confirms that evidence indicated that the plane was shot down from an area controlled by Russian backed separatists in Ukraine.
“We know that they are heavily armed and that they are trained and we know that that’s not an accident,” he said. “That’s happening because of Russian support.”
Obama, however, declined to directly blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the incident.
“We don’t know exactly what happened yet and I don’t want to, as I said before, get out ahead of the facts,” Obama said in response to reporters who questioned him about his response to Putin.
Obama cautioned Americans to avoid “misinformation” about the incident, calling for time to investigate the tragedy and report the facts.
"We don't have time for propaganda. We don't have time for games,” he said.
Obama did not signal any new actions from the White House and indicated that the United States military would not take further action.
“We don’t see a US military role beyond what we have been doing,” Obama said, referring to military readiness in Ukraine.
On Thursday, Obama called for a ceasefire in the area and called for an investigation into the details of the tragedy. The White House indicated that the NTSB and the FBI was prepared to assist the investigation.