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(CNN) – A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, prompting swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot down the aircraft.
"We intercepted a number of phone calls between the terrorists talking about shutting down the plane now," Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"As a result of that, the plane has been shut down, and as you know, in the recent days, we had extremely (worrisome) development, and two Ukrainian military planes have been shot down, as we believe also from the Russian - from the Russian territory," Klimkin said.
The United States also has concluded that the plane was shot down, but hasn't pinpointed who was responsible, a senior U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr.
For more of our interview with Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, check out the video above.
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