Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in response to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft in eastern Ukraine:
“Earlier today, I was shocked and saddened to learn that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet en route from the Netherlands to Malaysia was shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all on board. We understand from reports that a Canadian citizen is among the dead. On behalf of the Government of Canada, Laureen and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims of this outrageous act.
“While we do not yet know who is responsible for this attack, we continue to condemn Russia’s military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine, which is at the root of the ongoing conflict in the region.
“Canada stands ready to provide whatever support it can to assist authorities in determining the cause of the crash.”