Western leaders have set an ultimatum for Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow full access or face further sanctions on Tuesday as "compelling" evidence builds that pro-Russian separatists and Russian military personnel shot down the plane, by mistake, with a Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile launcher from eastern Ukraine. Click here to follow our live blog and keep up to date on the latest developments. Follow us on Twitter: @CNBCWorld
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For some Russians, his behavior was all too reminiscent of Soviet leaders' initial secrecy over the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. Putin will also want to shake off any comparisons with the shooting down of a Korean airliner over the Soviet Union in 1983 which deepened the Cold War chill with the United States. Until now he has repeatedly exploited divisions in the Western camp during global crises, including Syria, and may be trying to gauge the resolve of Obama's European allies to tighten sanctions against Russia. Initially after the attack, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the biggest European Union state and long its economic powerhouse, suggested she still harbored doubts about imposing major new sanctions on Russia. Germany is an importer of Russian gas and Germany's business lobby has been especially vocal in its criticism of sanctions.
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The soldier was identified as as Shaool Aron, Al-Jazeeras live blog reported while noting Israel has yet to confirm the claim. The news comes amid a day of intense fighting with reports as many as 87 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed. U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but reiterated Israel has the right to defend itself.
Suzanne Tomassi | Out here in the field
Each day has been productive and exciting (and exhausting). Nearly every piece of information we collect from these beautiful and varied species is new. Our study will shed light on their status and physiological needs, paving the way for effective conservation efforts. Part-time Wenatchee resident Suzanne Tomassi manages an avian studies program in Borneo. The group is studying the impact of logging on reproduction. All comments are moderated before appearing.