Kevin Ryan on the Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

July 18, 2014

It is believed that as many as 300 people died when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 broke up high in the air over eastern Ukraine on Thursday (July 17).  Who is responsible is still very much at issue, but U.S. intelligence authorities are claiming that pro-Russian separatists fighting in Ukraine are the most likely culprits. Brig. General Kevin Ryan (U.S. Army ret.), director of the Defense and Intelligence Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, provides his perspective on what happened in this short video.

A career military officer, Ryan served in air and missile defense, intelligence, and political-military policy areas. From 1995 to 1996, he was head of the Moscow office of the POW/MIA Commission, searching for missing Americans in the former Soviet states. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Senior Regional Director for Slavic States in the Office of Secretary of Defense and, from 2001 to 2003, as Defense Attaché to Russia.

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"They did not have sufficient time to decide or determine whether or not this was a military aircraft. They launched; they shot it down; and now they regret it" -- Kevin Ryan

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