Obama: At Least One American Killed in “Global Tragedy”
Barack Obama announced today that at least one American was killed in the “global tragedy” over Ukraine.
At least one American citizen was among the nearly 300 innocent people killed when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, President Obama announced Friday, calling the incident a “global tragedy.”
“An Asian airline was destroyed in European skies filled with citizens from many countries,” Mr. Obama said from the White House briefing room. “I think that this certainly will be a wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to an escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine, that it is not going to be localized, it is not going to be contained.”
The death of more than 100 Dutch citizens “sadly brings home the degree to which the stakes are high for Europe, not simply for the Ukrainian people,” Mr. Obama continued, “And that we have to be firm in our resolve and making sure that we are supporting Ukraine in its efforts to bring about a just cease-fire and that we can move towards a political solution to this.“