WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that one American died in the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine.
President Obama identified the victim as Quinn Lucas Schansman.
A senior official told CNN Schansman was a dual national, living in the Netherlands and the United States.
At this point, Schansman is the only person that the government can identify as a U.S. citizen.
“At this stage… having been in contact with the Malaysian government, processing passports… this is our best assessment at this time,” President Obama said on Friday.
Obama said Friday that a surface-to-air missile shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine and he could say with confidence the shot came from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels. But he stopped short of specifically blaming any particular culprit
Obama said that the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine was shot down in what he called an “outrage of unspeakable proportion.”
Obama said that pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have received a “steady flow” of arms and training from Russia, including anti-aircraft weapons. He called for a “credible international investigation” into the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane.
Obama called for an immediate ceasefire in the Ukraine conflict between the Kiev government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern regions so an international investigation can proceed with no tampering of evidence.
Obama said he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reiterated U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets being fired from Gaza.
Obama said that the sophisticated weaponry needed for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine to shoot down transport planes and military jets, as they have claimed, “is coming from Russia.”
Obama said Russia has used “some improved language at times” in recent months regarding the Ukraine conflict, but “what we have not seen is an actual transition and different actions” to help bring a peaceful solution.