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Obama: Downed jet a 'terrible tragedy'

WILMINGTON, Del. – President Barack Obama said the United States will offer any assistance possible to determine what happened to a downed passenger jet in Ukraine and why.

Obama said the incident looks as though it may be a terrible tragedy. He said the U.S. is working to determine whether any American citizens were on board. Obama said that’s the first priority for the U.S.

He says the country’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims, regardless of where they are from.

Obama spoke during an event about transportation funding in Delaware. He discussed the plane incident earlier Thursday in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.

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