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July 22nd, 2014
10:17 AM ET

MH17: John McCain Directly Blames Russia and President Vladimir Putin

On "New Day" Tuesday, Sen. John McCain directly blamed Russia and President Vladimir Putin for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash.

The senator said it was 'impossible' Russia had no involvement.

"Now, whether it’s actually a Russian military person who pushed the button or not, they had to train these people for a period of time to make them capable of launching this system," Sen. McCain said.

"The point here is that Vladimir Putin is literally getting away with murder ... and we are doing little in response.  I think the investigation has to continue, we have to do everything we can to take care of the loved ones in the terrible tragedy that's taken place, but for us not to point the finger of blame exactly where it belongs - there's ample, overwhelming evidence.  And not only because of this particular act, but because of Vladimir Putin's continued aggression and fomenting of aggression in Ukraine."

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See Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Chris Cuomo in Eastern Ukraine
July 21st, 2014
11:36 AM ET

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Chris Cuomo in Eastern Ukraine

CNN's Chris Cuomo and his team are reporting on the ground in the embattled region of eastern Ukraine in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last Thursday.

For the latest updates and images of the MH17 crash site, follow Chris, his producer and videographer in Ukraine.

You can also see Chris' Facebook album for more images from his reporting.

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Chris marks car with "TV" sign before entering the rebel-held territory. (Photo: Woj Treszczynski)

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Makeshift memorial with candles, stuffed toys and other items in honor of the deceased. (Photo: Woj Treszczynski)

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Chris interviews self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai. (Photo: Victoria Eastwood)

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Intact overhead compartments in a tree near crash site. (Photo: Chris Cuomo)

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Workers moving items and debris at the crash site. (Photo: Chris Cuomo)

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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.

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July 21st, 2014
08:01 AM ET
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