U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
“Yesterday’s shocking missile attack on a Malaysian Air flight over Ukraine rips away the last pretense regarding Vladimir Putin’s intentions. By encouraging and arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, Putin has shown a complete disregard for the sovereignty of that nation. If investigators confirm it to be true that the separatists engaged in this attack on innocent travelers, I hope that the entire global community, especially European nations, join in a vigorous effort to punish and sanction russia for its dangerous support to separatists and their illegal behavior.”