(QHA) -

If June 28 fighting in eastern Ukraine were not renewed, then this tragedy would not have happened for sure.

Russia President Vladimir Putin announced this during his video address, in connection with tragedy of Malaysia Boieng-777 that was shot down July 17, killing 298 on the board.

“We have repeatedly called on all warring parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and to sit down at the negotiating table. We can confidently say that if June 28 fighting in eastern Ukraine were not renewed, then this tragedy would not have happened for sure”- he said.

Meanwhile, the United States has assessed that a surface-to-air missile which shot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine originated in Russia, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

"It's pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists," said Kerry on CNN's "State Of The Union" program.

He added that the U.S. knows "with confidence" that the Ukrainian government did not have a BUK missile launcher in the vicinity of the attack.

QHA