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Troy professor gives insight into Malaysia flight incident

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

A local professor says Thursday's incident of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 being shot down over the Ukraine, may prove to be a "game changer."

Dr. Michael O. Slobodchikoff, a Troy University Professor, is an expert on Russia and Ukraine. He specializes in relations between Russia and the former Soviet states, international conflict and peace and comparative politics and is offering insights into the recent Ukrainian developments.

Here is some of his current observations:

-If separatists shot down the airliner, any sympathy they had garnered at the hands of strong Ukrainian government tactics will erode on the world's radar.

-Separatists have argued they don't have a weapon capable of reaching an airliner's altitude, but if it's proven they do, Russia could find itself in a precarious position for supplying advanced weaponry to the separatists.

-It's plausible the Ukrainian military could have tragically mistook the airliner for a plane headed to Russia that could have aided separatists.

-While it's too early for any definitive assessments, the incident could force the European Union to add more sanctions against Russia, prompting a Russian response and an escalation in the conflict.

WSFA 12 News will be doing an interview with Professor Slobodchikoff and will include additional information. Check back for updates on

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