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Mourners at UN Share Grief Over Malaysia Airlines Crash

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Mourners have been gathering outside of the United Nations building in Manhattan to remember the nearly 300 people killed in Thursday's Malaysia Airlines crash.

U.S. officials say the crash in eastern Ukraine was not an accident and the plane was shot down.

The small group of mourners tell NY1 they are saddened by the crash and think something needs to be done to resolve the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

"We just show out support of those lives that were taken, it's so pointless and so without any reason," said one mourner.

"I just thought I have to come here in honor of their memory," said another mourner.

"I think it's an unbelievable tragedy and nobody expected that the war that is happening in Eastern Ukraine will take the life of peaceful people," added a third mourner.

During a press conference Friday afternoon President Barack Obama said at least one American citizen was killed in the crash.

He called for a cease-fire in the area surrounding the crash site and an international investigation.

Obama said the missile fired from an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists brought down the plane. He also said Russia has been supporting the rebels with arms, training and anti-aircraft missiles.

The president blamed Russia for generally failing to take a path to peace in the region but he cautioned against drawing conclusions before a United Nations Security Council investigation is complete.

President Obama called Ukraine's President from Air Force One on Thursday.

He offered the services of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board to help the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration has prohibited American flights in the airspace over eastern Ukraine.

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