President Barack Obama is asking his advisers to keep him updated on reports of a plane shot down over Ukraine. But the White House says it can't confirm the reports.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned initial reports of a downed passenger jet near the border with Russia during a phone call with Obama Thursday morning.
Earnest says the incident came up near the end of a call requested by Moscow to discuss sanctions the U.S. imposed Wednesday on Russia. Obama and Putin spoke before Obama left on a trip to Delaware and New York.
A Ukrainian official says a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.
Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are denying they're responsible for shooting down the plane. And Ukraine's president says his country's armed forces didn't shoot at any airborne targets.
Malaysia's defense minister says there's no confirmation that a Malaysia Airlines plane has been shot down, but he's directed the Malaysian military to find out what happened. Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter feed that it lost contact with a flight from Amsterdam over Ukrainian airspace.