President Obama Says at Least One American On Board Downed Malaysia Airline Plane in Ukraine

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At least one American was on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 carrying 298 people when it was shot down by a missile over Ukraine, President Obama said today.

The State Department identified the victim as Quinn Lucas Schansman, a US-Dutch citizen.

Obama also called for an immediate ceasefire in the region among Ukraine, Russia and Russian-backed separatists in order to conduct an investigation into the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

“We know [Russian separatists] have received steady support from Russia, which includes heavy weapons and training … and includes anti-aircraft weapons,” Obama said.

U.S. officials said earlier today that intelligence showed nothing that definitively links Russia to the training of those who launched the missile on Thursday, U.S. officials told ABC News.

But officials did say that based on preliminary intelligence, they believe the missile was an SA-11 and that they have reports showing an explosion in the air following the missile launch.

In addition, an official said the missile was fired inside Ukraine in a territory controlled by Russian separatists. Ukrainian authorities told U.S. Embassy officials Thursday that debris was spread out over a 10-mile path near the town of Hrabove in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

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