July 21st, 2014
10:36 AM ET

Rebel Leader to Chris Cuomo: 'We Didn't Have Any Motive to Target This Plane'

CNN's Chris Cuomo is on the ground reporting from eastern Ukraine and covering all the angles of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash.

Cuomo interviewed Alex Borodai, the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, on "New Day" Monday.

He asked Borodai about accusations that his forces shot down the plane but the local rebel leader rejected these claims and pointed the blame back at the Ukraine.

See the exchange below:

CUOMO: The belief of the western community and the Ukraine is that a Russian missile brought down this plane and there is suspicion it had something to do with fighters from your region. What do you want to say to people who believe that?

ALEXANDER BORODAI, PRIME MINISTER, DONETSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC (via translator): I don't know what to say because the world community doesn't want to hear it.  We had no reason to take down this plane and Ukraine had this reason to destroy our government.

And later:

CUOMO: So please answer the allegations.  Ukraine and Western intelligence authorities say there was a tweet connected to the DPR that said that your forces had taken control of a Russian missile system that it took from Ukraine, that they've intercepted conversations bragging that they had taken down the plane.  So if you have the tweet and the conversations and the pictures that all point to your forces, how do you deny that it was your forces that brought down the plane?

BORODAI (via translator): It is very simple to disprove it.  All the information that comes through the Internet, in my opinion, is practically all lies.

CUOMO:  So the tweet is fake, the conversations that they say they intercepted are fake? The picture of the missile system moving back across the border, is that fake as well?

BORODAI (via translator):  I am telling you again, we have never been in possession of even a single Buk system.  I can list all the means of defense we have in our possession.  All of these means of defense are capable of crashing only the low-flying targets.

SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW ABOVE

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Related: Access to crash site improving, European monitors say

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  1. Daniel Smith

    I believe him. What would have been the point? I'd suggest that people look at those who might have or are benefiting from the distraction this incident has caused.

    July 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Reply

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