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Julia Ioffe, writing for the New Democrat propaganda centerpiece New Republic, insinuates separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine are responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 earlier today.

Ioffe, a Russian-born blogger, appears regularly on Mockingbird media venues such as MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, and Forbes. She specializes in anti-Russian propaganda.

After noting the downing of Ukrainian military aircraft and the alleged transfer of Buk antiaircraft missile systems from Russia to the separatist rebels, Ioffe writes that the incident elevates the conflict to a new and dangerous level:

Make no mistake: this is a really, really, really big deal. This is the first downing of a civilian jetliner in this conflict and, if it were the rebels who brought it down, all kinds of ugly things follow. For one thing, what seemed to be gelling into a frozen local conflict has now broken into a new phase, one that directly threatens European security. The plane, let’s recall, was flying from Amsterdam.

She then says “that there’s only one place that rebels can get this kind of heavy, sophisticated weaponry” and ties it to a new round of sanctions imposed on Russia on Wednesday. It also follows an especially strident denunciation of U.S. foreign policy by Putin.

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