Senate condemns downing of Malaysian jetliner

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday night that condemns the downing of a jetliner over eastern Ukraine.

Sens. Chris MurphyChris MurphyThe Trail 2016: Trump works to widen his appeal Lawmakers amplify criticism of US support for Saudi bombing campaign Congress must take action to block weapon sales to Saudi Arabia MORE (D-Conn.) and Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonGOP chairmen subpoena tech firms tied to Clinton's email server Watchdog: Pentagon needs to update FOIA policies Vulnerable GOP senator comes out against TPP MORE (R-Wis.) introduced S. Res. 520, which passed through a unanimous consent agreement.

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Their resolution condemns the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and expresses condolences to the families of the victims.

The flight, carrying 298 people, was shot down on July 17. Ukrainian officials have blamed pro-Russian separatists in the region, saying the militants shot down the plane with an antiaircraft missile.

The resolution also calls on the Russian government to immediately stop sending weapons and fighters across the border into Ukraine and urges the European Union to join the United States in increasing sanctions against Russia.

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