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Majority In Russia Believe Malaysian Jet Shot Down By Ukrainians: Poll

A public-opinion poll in Russia has found that the majority of residents in Russia's big cities believe that the Malaysian passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine killing 298 people on July 17 had been shot down by the Ukrainian army.

The poll held in Russia's six largest cities was released on July 30 by the Levada Center.

Of 1,501 respondents, 46 percent said the aircraft had been brought down by a Ukrainian missile shot from the ground, while 36 percent said the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian military plane.

Only 3 percent of respondents said the airliner had been brought down by pro-Russian separatists.

The West says the pro-Russian separatists probably shot the plane down by mistake and accuses Russia of arming them. Moscow denies this.

Based on Levada Center's poll results