Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine yesterday:
“The loss of so many innocent lives onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is both a tragedy and an outrage. It must be investigated thoroughly so that those responsible face justice. This was a reprehensible act that has rightfully drawn the outrage of people not only in the Netherlands and Malaysia but across the world. This tragedy makes it even more pressing for Russia to begin playing a constructive role in helping to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine peacefully – instead of undermining that effort by providing arms and assistance to separatists. Russia must fully cooperate with an international investigation and immediately recall its personnel who are instigating the insurrection in eastern Ukraine.
“I support President Obama’s call for an immediate cease-fire so that an international team can reach the crash site without delay and begin recovering the bodies of victims and conducting a thorough investigation without interference or evidence tampering. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, including the Schansman family, as they mourn their loved ones.”