BREAKING NEWS: Malaysia Airlines plane 'shot down by Russians' and crashes in Ukraine

A MALAYSIAN Airlines passenger plane with 295 people has crashed in Ukraine today after being reportedly shot down by Russian authorities.

The Boeing 777 went down near the Russian border according to an aviation industry source.

According to the Interfax News Agency flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was downed. It is not clear if there have been any fatalities. 

The news agency claimed that the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane was shot down by Russian authorities but that has yet to be confirmed.

A second Malaysia Airlines plane has crashed today, this time near Russia[AP]
A Malaysia Airlines official has confirmed the plane has crashed and they are due to make a statement shortly.

The company also tweeted to say that they lost contact with MH17 after it took off from Amsterdam and its last known location was over Ukrainian airspace.

They posted on Twitter: "Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow."

Footage was uploaded to YouTube allegedly showing the smoking wreckage left by the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.

The clip showed a residential area in Ukraine while plumes of black smoke reaching to the sky can be seen in the background.

There has been firing in the region earlier today when a Ukrainian war plane was shot down. 

Russia angrily denied reports it was to blame for the attack on a Ukrainian airforce SU-25 earlier today, which happened just miles from the latest air disaster.

The pilot of the downed fighter jet ejected and was later evacuated by Ukrainian forces, said Kiev sources.

"A military plane from the air force of the Russian Federation carried out a rocket strike on a Ukrainian air force SU-25 as it fulfilled its task over the territory of Ukraine," said Kiev's National Security and Defence Council .

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