Russian history expert says region is vulnerable

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A University of Dayton Russian history expert says the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine has pushed a low key conflict to one of massive international proportions.

Dr. David Darrow says part of the global economic impact of the airliner’s demise is being felt in the airline industry. Until further notice, commercial planes are re-routed to avoid Ukrainian airspace.

And because of the Russian Federation’s world wide exporting of natural gas and petroleum, the U. S. has a strategic interest in keeping the region stable and approaches full sanctions against Russian businesses cautiously.

The world also holds its breath to find the facts of what exactly happened to the plane. Dr. Darrow says the aircraft’s black box findings should be investigated by an independent team to avoid further finger pointing and unsubstantiated information by either side.

He remarked, “the United States and NATO forces are in the best positions to find out what happened because we have satellite information that can read the plumes from surface to air and air to air to figure out what happened.”

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