The German Chancellor has called news of the downed Malaysian Airliner "disturbing" at a conference in Berlin.
Angela Merkel said that she never thought "she would see something like this again", after comparing it to conflicts in the 1990s.
Ms Merkel added: "If you would have asked me in 1998 or 1990 whether we will see again something like the conflicts in the Western Balkans [...] or the situation in Crimea and Ukraine, today with disturbing news about a downed plane, whether we will ever have to relive that again in Europe, I probably would have said no."
Thousands of online users have taken to social media to call for the victims of the Malaysian airliner crash to be returned to loved ones.
United States intelligence officials admitted that they do not know who fired the surface-to-air missile that downed flight MH17.
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