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VOA Analysis: Ukraine Plane Crash Gives Insurgency Uncertain Future

Just under three weeks ago, pro-Russian insurgents bragged on Twitter, and to Russian reporters, about seizing a Ukrainian military base where sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems were housed. On Thursday, a notorious rebel leader nicknamed Strelkov crowed on a Russian social media site about downing a plane over eastern Ukraine, with the admonition “we warned them; don’t fly over ‘our skies.’” But Friday, the day after Malaysia Airline Flight 17 was shot down over eastern...

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