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AIDS Researchers Aboard Airplane

PHOTO: Wreckage of a Malaysian Airlines plane crash in Ukraine. , Photo Credit: Facebook / ICTV

PHOTO: Wreckage of a Malaysian Airlines plane crash in Ukraine. , Photo Credit: Facebook / ICTV

(CNN) — President Obama spoke this morning on the Malaysian Airplane tragedy. He said evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surfaced-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by “Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine.”

The President also confirmed that on board the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, there were apparently 100 researchers and advocates traveling to an international conference in Australia dedicated to combating AIDS-HIV.

“These men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others, and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,” said President Obama.