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Local Ukrainians react to deadly plane attack

Rochester, N.Y. The local Ukrainian community is reacting to the Malaysian Airlines plane that was fired down by a missile Thursday, killing 298 people.

Elena Dilai said, It's bad, it's very bad in Ukraine and it has been for many months now.

Dilai is a native of Ukraine and has been keeping a close eye on her home country as tensions rise with Russia.

So many innocent lives have been lost, 80 children and people who had nothing to do with relations between Ukraine and Russia, she said. It is just so sad.

Vlad Babiy also moved from Ukraine in 2005. He said it's unbearable to see the violence and suffering especially when civilians become targets.

It shows the true aggression that Russia is showing towards Ukraine, and I think that the incident that happened, or tragedy that's happening in eastern Ukraine, is another reflection of what's happening there, said Babiy.

President Obama announced Friday Flight 17 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists with a surface to air missile, likely provided by Russia. Most of the passengers were Dutch.

Now it became personal for so many other countries and the question is when and how do we stop Putin, said Dilai. When and how do we stop this.

So far Russia has denied a connection to this attack. The local community in Rochester hopes this tragedy will shed light on the turmoil in eastern Ukraine.

I also do feel like Ukraine should get more support and I'm sure the international community and U.S. sees the true situation in Ukraine, said Babiy.

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