Sen. Murphy meeting with Connecticut Ukrainians

Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., left, and to Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., participate in a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, to examine Russia and developments in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., left, and to Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., participate in a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, to examine Russia and developments in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is meeting with members of Connecticut’s Ukrainian community to discuss this week’s downing of a Malaysian jetliner, shot down over Ukraine.

The Democrat, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, was scheduled to meet Saturday at St. Michael’s Church in New Haven with a group of local Ukrainians. He was expected to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine following the jetliner crash and gather input from constituents.

PHOTOS: Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

U.S. officials believe the Boeing 777 carrying 298 people, including 80 children, likely was downed by an SA-11 missile. Washington “cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel.”

Heavy fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-speaking separatists who seek closer ties with Moscow was reported less than 60 miles from the crash site.

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