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MH17 shot down: Who did it?
02:12 - Source: CNN

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The pro-Russia rebels are concentrated in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk

The leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic is Alexander Borodai

Analysts say he is rumored to be a senior Russian intelligence officer

The rebels have denied any involvement in bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

CNN  — 

The horrifying crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has put the pro-Russia rebels operating in Ukraine’s eastern regions center stage – and raised all kinds of questions about who they are, what they want and who’s in charge.

U.S. and other officials have said it appears the plane was shot down by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile located within rebel-held territory.

The rebels have repeatedly denied responsibility and instead point the finger at Ukraine’s armed forces.

Where are the rebels?