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Putin blames others for exploiting Ukraine crash

Putin says the tragedy is being used for others' "mercenary objectives," although he does not say specifically who.

Putin has ordered troops in central Russia on 'full combat alert,' said defence minister. Putin says that the tragedy is being used for others’ “mercenary objectives”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lambasted those who use the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for “mercenary objectives,” the Kremlin said Monday.

In a statement posted on the Kremlin website, Putin again lashed out at Ukraine for ongoing violence with pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country.

He says the tragedy is being used for others’ “mercenary objectives,” although he does not say specifically who.

Putin also says he supports a crash investigation by a “full team of experts” under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency.

Since a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was downed Thursday over Ukraine, killing everyone on board, the U.S. and others have blamed Moscow, which they say supplies and trains the rebels.

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