San Diegans Weigh in on Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Two people from the warring countries of Russia and Ukraine, who now live in San Diego, feel the same about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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    NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports on the conflict in the region of a passenger plane crash caused by a surface-to-air missile.

    People from Russia and Ukraine who now live in San Diego are weighing in on the conflict between those countries.

    In the middle of conflict, there is some agreement. Two people from the warring countries of Russia and Ukraine, who now live in San Diego, feel the same about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    “It’s a terrible situation,” said Father James Bankston of St. John The Baptizer Ukrainian Catholic Church.

    “This is absolutely insane,” said Russia native Sasha Kaluzhski.

    Nearly 300 people, with seemingly no ties to the conflict there, were killed when the plane was shot out of the sky. When it comes to whose to blame, the two men have different theories, but hope there will be a fair investigation.

    "The best way to do it is to send an international community of investigators do the work so they will come up with whatever they will find out on the ground,” said Kaluzhski.

    "The first inclination is to place blame but we can't do that until everything is figured out,” said Father Bankston.

    With so many innocent lives lost, both wish this tragedy brings a resolution.

    "The tragedy can be some opportunity to put these people at the negotiating table, maybe, we hope,” said Kaluzhski.

    "They have to put their own egos aside. Both sides need to put their own egos aside,” said Father Bankston.