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Published: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 9:40:02 AM
Updated: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 9:41:36 AM

'Russian-backed rebels' behind Ukraine jet crash: Australian PM

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Delaware  July 17, 2014.  
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Delaware July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday it appeared that "Russian-backed rebels" were behind the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jetliner over eastern Ukraine.

(Reporting by Matt Siegel; Editing by Paul Tait)

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