Dutch officials confirmed that Malaysia Airlines passenger plane MH17 that crashed near the border with Russia carried 27 Australians. All 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board were killed. Australian Prime Minister Albert said: "The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) can only confirm that 23 Australian citizens are on board, but obviously there may be more Australians on board." Australian citizens who are worried about their relatives and friends on board, please contact DFAT hotlines: + 61 2 6261 3305 from overseas; 1300 555 135 within Australia. At present, it is generally believed that the plane was hit by a military missile and crashed. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine was responsible for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane. The Ukrainian side condemned the “terrorist acts” of the Russian Air Force.


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