DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) Members of Congress are speaking out about the role the U.S. should play in investigating and responding to this tragedy.
Congressman Mike Turner (R- 10th District) says this is a prime example that Russia does not want to be a part of the international community.
Friday, he says President Vladimir Putin must be held accountable for this crash.
In a morning meeting, Turner says lawmakers are asking questions about how this happened and why a missile was fired.
A big question tonight for the congressman is why Russia will not allow international investigators onto the crash site to gather information and evidence.
2 NEWS asked Turner how he and Congress plan to hold Russia accountable.
“Sanctions are sort of dial that sort of turns up when someone starts to act less like a member of the international community. By taking out a commercial airline, citizens who are just absolute victims of this tragedy, Vladimir Putin has shown he’s not for the international community and I think that sanctions should be increased,” said Turner.
Turner also told 2 NEWS that the U.S. should provide military assistance, including equipment, along with information to aid Ukraine.