Jul 18, 2018

State Department fails to issue statement on anniversary of MH17 crash

Relatives attend the unveiling of the National Monument for the MH17 victims in Vijfhuizen, on July 17, 2017. Photo: REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in the four years since a Russian missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukrainian airspace, killing all 298 passengers on board, the State Department did not release a statement acknowledging the anniversary or condemning Russia's silence, reports Foreign Policy.

Why it matters: The anniversary, July 17, came just one day after President Trump's highly criticized meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Foreign Policy obtained a statement drafted by officials at the State Department denouncing Russia for its role in the attack, but it was never released for reasons that have not been publicly explained.

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Why it matters: This is the first time the state has activated the full National Guard since World War II. The Minnesota National Guard tweeted, "We are "all-in" to restore order and maintain and keep the peace in Minnesota." There are already around 700 National Guard troops in the city, and the order could bring another 1,000, The Star Tribune writes.

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Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

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