UIndy International Relations professor discusses Malaysian crash

People walk amongst the debris, at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of International Relations spoke to 24-Hour News 8 about the tragic Malaysian Airlines crash.

Dr. Douglas Woodwell said it will take time to figure out exactly what happened and exactly who shot down the plane. He said it’s likely the Russian government who will be facing major questions.

“Native Ukrainians coming out of their apartments and farms are not going to have the kind of weaponry that is required for this, so even if the Russians aren’t directly responsible or their citizens are responsible, they gave them this weaponry almost assuredly one way or another so there’s going to be a lot of questions for the Russians in the coming days,” Woodwell said.

Woodwell added that he doesn’t believe this will change the US’s stance on Russia. He said he believes the US will continue to press sanctions and won’t get involved militarily.

Malaysia Airlines has increased the death toll from Flight 17 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday to 298 from 295, saying that three infants had not been included in the original list.

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