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Reports: 23 Americans on Downed Malaysia Airlines Jet

Reports: 23 Americans on Downed Malaysia Airlines Jet

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama directed U.S. officials on Thursday to do all they could to support an investigation into what caused a Malaysian jetliner to crash in a Ukrainian war zone and pledged support to the affected countries as the probe moves forward.

Obama went ahead with a trip to tout infrastructure investment in Delaware and to raise money for Democrats in New York despite the incident in which 295 people, including reportedly 23 Americans, lost their lives.

Before leaving the White House, Obama held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the United States on Wednesday imposed the most wide-ranging sanctions yet on Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.

During the call, which came at Moscow’s request, Putin informed Obama about the downed plane.

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