Indiana lawmakers consider sanctions against Russia
The passenger list of the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight includes an American citizen and an Indiana University graduate student, and Indiana's congressional delegation is working to get to the truth of what happened.
Indiana's lawmakers are keeping one ear open for their constituents' concerns as they consider unrest in Israel and the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week. Most commercial flights to Tel Aviv have been banned for at least 24 hours amid concerns about rocket attacks in Israel.
In Ukraine, six days after the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, investigators finally got access to the wreckage. Russian President Vladimir Putin played a role in that, under pressure from President Obama and others.
Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. They say the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and that Russia "created the conditions" for the downing by arming the separatists.
"There would not be a separatist group if it were not for Russia. They could stop this in a minute if they wanted to. They are playing a geopolitical game and because of that, 298 souls lost their lives," said Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
"It's something we have to be very careful about doing, because when we create vacuums, others can help fill those vacuums - some of our allies and partners, but somebody has to lead that coalition the United States of America right now is the only country in the world with the wherewithall, with the history, with the training to do that," said Rep. Todd Young (R-IN09).
Meantime, investigators at the crash site in Ukraine have found the kind of punctures made by a missile set to explode just before impact. The surface-to-air missiles are set to detonate their warheads before they strike their target, so they spray a hail of shrapnel forward, adding to their speed of about 1,400 mph. Numerous holes in the skin of the Boeing 777 - made by an object entering the aircraft rather than exiting - rules out a bomb aboard the plane and points to a missile fired the airliner.
"You want to see debilitating sanctions? We're not going to let you give to terrorist organizations the kinds of missiles that can close down airports or be aimed at planes," said Rep. Ed Royce (R-Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Despite the downed plane, US allies can't agree on sanctions. France still plans to sell at least one warship to Russia although President Obama is urging them not to.
The train carrying 200 sets of remains have made it outside the warzone. The bodies will be identified in Amsterdam.
"All families and friends can say goodbye to their loved ones," said Tim de Boer, International Aviation Association Air Cadet.
NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.