Ukrainian jet shot down; Russia claims USA is using blackmail; Malaysian flight crashed in Ukraine, was it shot down?

Russian SU-25 jet


The Ukrainian government in Kiev is claiming that one of its jets was shot down today:

July 17, 2104

In the latest escalation of the conflict on the Ukrainian-Russian border, Kyiv said a Russian jet shot down one of its warplanes, its strongest accusation yet of direct Russian military involvement in the war.

A Ukrainian military spokesman said the pilot of the SU-25 fighter ejected to safety.

On the ground in eastern Ukraine, fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels has intensified in recent days with some 55 civilians killed since the weekend alone.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council on Thursday accused a Russian air force plane of downing its jet over Ukrainian territory the day before with an air-to-air missile strike.

Russia has not responded to the claim.

The fighting even forced a group of more than a dozen Ukrainian border guards to flee into Russia seeking medical help for their injuries, the Russian authorities said.

Andrey Lysenko also said Ukrainian troops had been fired upon by missiles from a village just inside Russia.


Officials in Kyiv have recently accused Russia’s armed forces of being directly implicated in attacks on Ukrainian troops battling an insurgency near the border.

Kiev, the European Union, and the USA believe that Russia has been more involved in stirring up actions in the east of Ukraine.  Enough so, that new sanctions were imposed against Russia.  Russia calls the new sanction blackmail from the USA:

July 17, 2014

The United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions Wednesday, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow’s failure to curb violence in Ukraine…

Several U.S. senators praised the Obama administration move.

“Timing is everything in foreign policy. Sanctions are part of an overall strategy,” Senator Johnny Isakson told the VOA.

“We have to let Russia know that we fully expect them to withdraw from Ukraine, we expect them to be a better partner with the rest of the free world. And, as time goes by, if they do not do that, then sanctions will ratchet up,” Isakson added.

Senator Lindsay Graham agreed, saying the sanctions are a ‘good step in the right direction. I hope Europe will follow. We need more [sanctions].”

Russian reaction

The Russian foreign ministry reacted to sanctions in a furious statement: “We do not intend to tolerate blackmail and reserve the right to take retaliatory measures” against the U.S.

Moscow denounced what it called primitive revenge for events in Ukraine and pledged to retaliate.

Putin said the U.S. sanctions would hurt U.S. energy companies and warned that sanctions would inflict “very serious damage” on the already tattered U.S-Russia relationship.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the sanctions evil, said they would not “bring anyone to their knees.”

Medvedev in televised remarks said the sanctions are throwing Russia’s relations with the West “back to the 1980s” and added that Russia “will have to pay more attention to military and security spending.”

July 17, 2014

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on July 17 said it was disappointed that the European Union “succumbed to the blackmail of the U.S. administration and, contradicting its own interests, followed the path of sanctions” against Moscow.

July 17, 2014

The Obama administration’s newest sanctions against Russia for its continued aggression in the Ukraine could prompt retaliation against U.S. business interests around the world, analysts said Thursday.

If that happens, economic recoveries in Russia, the U.S. and Europe could suffer to consequences.

Nomura analyst Dmitri Petrov said in a note to clients that Russia could decide to “retaliate asymmetrically, creating a separate tit-for-tat spiral between the U.S. and Russia that could be damaging to the Russian but also European economies.”

In other words, if Russia decides to retaliate by freezing out U.S. companies while also failing to tone down its entanglement in the Ukraine, the U.S. will be forced to fight back with more sanctions against additional Russian companies.

The situation in Ukraine remains volatile and tense. Vladimir Putin has long wanted to restore his version of a new Soviet Union which he calls the Eurasian Union. Bible prophecy does show that a Russian-led Eurasian confederation will ultimately form (for details, see The Eurasian Union, the Kings of the East, and Bible Prophecy).  While, based upon past statements, I believe that the Russian leadership has wanted to increase its military spending, I believe that the sanctions are giving it better political cover to do so.

As far as the USA goes, the sanctions will not hurt its economy very much.  The European Union that has much closer economic ties to Russia than the USA does.

Russia wants all of Ukraine.  It has Crimea and reportedly is helping those in the east of Ukraine who want to be independent of Kiev.  Since the USA has repeatedly stated that it will not engage in actual war with Russia over Ukraine and the fact that the European Union does not want to harm its economy more than the current sanctions might, it may well be that Russia will conclude that it has little further to lose if it supports the separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The leaders of peoples that are the descendants of the Medes are prophesied to get together (Jeremiah 51:11, 28-29).  The events in Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia seem to be leading towards that direction.

UPDATE:  The following was reported today after I wrote the above:

A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border, according to multiple reports.

The airline, which saw one of its fleet disappear over the Indian Ocean in March, confirmed only that “an incident” had occurred involving the Boeing 777, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

“Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,” read a tweet from the airline. “The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow,” read a tweet from Malaysia Airlines’ account.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he has directed the country’s Ministry of Defense to investigate the incident, according to a message on his Twitter account. He said he could not confirm that the plane was shot down.

But multiple reports, including from Russia’s Interfax news agency, said the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew people onboard, was shot down.

GRABOVO, Ukraine — A passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, a Ukrainian official said. Both the government and the pro-Russia separatists who have been fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane…

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet. He said it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher, which can fire missiles up to an altitude of 72,000 feet.

A rebel leader, Donetsk Prime Minister Alexander Borodai, told Kommersant FM radio that the rebels don’t have the Buk system and said that the Ukrainians brought down the plane.

Whether it crashed or was shot down, this is horrible.  And the second major incident involving a Malaysian jetliner this year.  Those affected are in my prayers.

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