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Minister and Ukranian native express shock over plane crash

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A Malaysian Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed in Ukraine Thursday. (Source: MGN Online) A Malaysian Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed in Ukraine Thursday. (Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - American Intelligence authorities say they believe a Malasyian Airlines jet that crashed in Ukraine Thursday morning was hit by a surface to air missile.

U.S. officials are still trying to determine who fired the missile and whether it came from the Russian or Ukraine side of the border.

The Ukraine government and pro-Russian separatists who are fighting in that region have denied responsibility.

Ukranians around the Tennessee Valley are shocked to hear the flight crashed in their country. They are all in agreement - they don't understand why anyone would shoot down a plane full of people that had nothing to do with the ongoing political conflict in the country.

Tatyana Malyarenko is getting married on Sunday. Her niece flew in for the event. Now Malyarenko is worried about her flying back.

"I was devastated," Tatyana said. "It just breaks my heart."

Jack Parker is a former Army intelligence officer. He has been going on missionary trips to Ukraine since the 90s, but he didn't this year. He said the separatists are not welcoming evangelical ministers there.

"I wouldn't take a group in it if it wasn't perfectly safe," Parker said. "I Look forward to seeing a time of peace where they can minster effectively and minster in peace."

Parker said it's important not to jump to conclusions on what happened.

"Right now there is no way to know, and the problem is all the evidence is in the hands of the separatists, because they are totally in control of that section of Ukraine. If they don't enable the investigation to help us get to the root of the crash we may never know," Parker said.

Both Parker and Malyarenko hope this conflict ends soon and peacefully.

"We have trusted the Lord in this area for many many years, and we intend to trust Him now," said Parker.

"I just pray to God this bloodshed will be stopped pretty soon and God will find a way to stop this war," added Malyarenko.

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