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Obama blames rebels under Putin's 'control' for MH17 'outrage of unspeakable proportions'

Barack Obama announced Friday that the rebels believed to be behind the rocket attack on a Malaysian Airlines jetliner in eastern Ukraine have had 'a steady stream of support from Russia,' but stopped short of calling for an immediate pushback against Moscow.

The U.S. president's brief but substantial comments about deaths that he called 'an outrage of unspeakable proportions' came 24 hours after he coolly inserted a 40-second statement about the plane crash into a 16-minute oration about domestic transportation policy, drawing gasps and guffaws from Americans.

'This certainly will be a wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to escalating a regional conflict in the Ukraine,' he said in the White House press briefing room on Friday, cautioning that it's not yet completely clear 'what individuals, or groups of individuals ordered the strike.'

But 'it is not possible for these separatists to function the way they're functioning' without Moscow's involvement, he insisted.

'A group of separatists can't shoot down military transport planes ... without sophisticated training and sophisticated equipment. And that is coming from Russia.'

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