Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM Promises Justice as the World Turns Its Eyes East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM Promises Justice as the World Turns Its Eyes East

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INTERNATIONAL pressure on Russia intensified over the shooting down of Flight MH17 as it was confirmed the British death toll had risen to 10.

David Cameron insisted those responsible must be "brought to account" amid deepening tensions with Moscow.

The Prime Minister described the catastrophe, in which 298 people were killed, as an "absolutely appalling, shocking, horrific incident" that "cannot be allowed to stand".

The response came as the UN Security Council approved a statement calling for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the crash.

The Ukrainian government has blamed rebels using Russian-supplied surface-to-air missiles for the tragedy, while the Kremlin has accused Kiev of failing to agree a ceasefire.

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by Britain, the UK's ambassador Sir Mark Lyall Grant said "searching questions" had to be asked about Russia's links with armed separatists and called for Moscow to issue an "unequivocal condemnation" of their actions.

US president Barack Obama described the event as a "global tragedy" and called for an immediate ceasefire.

He said: "We know that these separatists have received a steady flow of support from Russia. This includes arms and training, it includes heavy weapons and it includes anti-aircraft weapons.

Among the British victims were Newcastle United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were travelling to New Zealand to watch the football team's pre-season tour.

Glenn Thomas, 49, a press officer at the World Health Organization and former BBC journalist, Loughborough University student Ben Pocock, and Leeds University student Richard Mayne, 20, from Leicestershire, were also on board.

Another victim was reportedly helicopter rescue pilot and father of two Cameron Dalziel, who is understood to be South African but travelling on a British passport. Around 100 of those killed were delegates on their way to an international conference on Aids in Melbourne, Australia - including world-renowned researcher Joep Lange. …

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