October 13, 2001 |
Russia and Ukraine ended a week of defensive denials Friday and formally acknowledged that a wayward Ukrainian antiaircraft missile most likely downed a Russian passenger jet last week, killing all 78 people on board. "It is painful for me, as a citizen of Ukraine, to say so, but there is a lot of information bearing this version out," said Yevhen Marchuk, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council. The Siberian Airlines jet exploded above the Black Sea on Oct.
October 9, 2001 |
Ukraine's military continued to deny that a rogue missile blew up a Russian airliner last week, killing 78, as angry and grieving relatives visited the Black Sea crash site. But President Leonid D. Kuchma, facing pressure to disclose more about the missile exercises on the Crimean peninsula last Thursday, did not rule out that a rocket could have gone wildly off course. "Technically it is impossible, but theoretically everything is possible," Kuchma told reporters.
October 8, 2001 |
The death of dozens of Russian-born Israelis in an air disaster over the Black Sea has revived a debate here over the status of immigrants in a country that is built on immigration but where newcomers often have trouble fitting in. Israeli commentators, rabbis and political figures questioned Sunday whether the victims in last week's crash of a Russian charter flight were being mourned appropriately.
October 7, 2001 |
Russia shifted gears Saturday and appeared to give greater credence to evidence that a stray Ukrainian antiaircraft missile may have inadvertently struck and destroyed a Russian passenger jet last week, killing all 78 people on board. President Vladimir V. Putin said he wasn't satisfied with Ukrainian documentation of antiaircraft missile-firing exercises that took place Thursday at the time the aircraft exploded 30,000 feet above the Black Sea. In particular, Defense Minister Sergei B.
October 6, 2001 |
Russian recovery crews skimmed bodies and wreckage from the Black Sea on Friday, seeking clues to what caused a passenger jet to explode without warning and plummet into the water, killing all 78 people on board. Russian officials appeared to favor terrorism as an explanation but did not rule out that a Ukrainian surface-to-air missile might have gone astray Thursday during military exercises, shooting down the Siberian Airlines charter flight.
October 5, 2001 |
A Russian passenger jet flying from Israel to Siberia burst into a fireball high over the Black Sea on Thursday, killing the 76 people on board and raising fears that it could be the latest target of a terrorist attack. U.S. officials suggested, however, that the airliner was shot down by an errant surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian forces during military exercises taking place more than 200 miles away. Ukrainian officials denied the possibility.