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Ukraine's president responds to reports of plane being shot down

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KIEV, UKRAINE (AP) -

Ukraine's president says his country's armed forces did not shoot at any airborne targets, after reports that a Malaysian Airlines plane went down over Ukraine. 

President Petro Poroshenko says Thursday, "We do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets."

Poroshenko said, "We are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible."

Poroshenko's comments come in response to reports that a Ukrainian official said a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.

Anton Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher.

A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter feed that it, "has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow."

Malaysia's prime minister says he launching an immediate probe into the reported jetliner crash.

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