Updated: 07/18/2014 00:00 | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysian airliner 'crashes in east Ukraine': reports

A Malaysian airliner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in east Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are battling government forces, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies reported, citing aviation and security sources. 

Malaysian airliner 'crashes in east Ukraine': reports

Malaysia Airlines airliners at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Sepang on June 17, 2014 - by Manan Vatsyayana

The Boeing passenger liner came down close to town of Shaktarsk in the rebellion-wracked region of Donetsk after disappearing from the radar and teams from the emergency services were trying to reach the scene, an unnamed security source told Interfax-Ukraine news agency. 

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenk said the Malaysia Airlines jet may have been shot down.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed only it had "lost contact" with one of its passenger planes whose last known position was over Ukraine.

"Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam," the airline, still reeling from the disappearance of flight MH370, said on its Twitter account.

"The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace," it said, adding that it would provide more details soon. 

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