US Senator warns of ‘hell to pay’ is Russia or pro-Russian separatists are to blame for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 after Russian rebel commander claims responsibility

John McCain warns of 'hell to pay' is Russia is responsible for shooting down MH17
Us Senator John McCain appearing on MSNBC (Picture: MSNBC)

US Senator John McCain has warned that there will be ‘hell to pay’ if Russian forces or pro-Russian separatists were behind the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

His comments come after a rebel Russian commander has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Speaking to MSNBC, the former presidential candidate said: ‘There have been previous incidents of shot down Ukrainian Aircraft.’

He warned: ‘I think there’s going to be hell to pay and there should be.’

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner MH-17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said. Dozens of bodies were scattered around the smouldering wreckage of a passenger jet that crashed in a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a Reuters reporter said. An emergency services rescue worker said at least 100 bodies had so far been found at the scene, near the village of Grabovo, and that debris from the wreckage was spread across an area up to about 15 km (nine miles) in diameter. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A pro-Russian separatist slooks over the debris of Flight MH 17 (Picture: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

Speculating that the incident may be the result of a mistaken identity, he called it a ‘horrible tragedy’.

However the Senator was cautious and outlined the dangers of ‘leaping to conclusions’ before all the facts were known.

Senator McCain, who was also a fighter pilot in the Vietnam war, has previously been critical of President Obama’s actions surrounding the Ukraine crisis, claiming that the United States should be providing Ukraine with weapons to defend itself.

WATCH: This video is believed to show the moment the plane crash landed.

MORE: Alaeged walkie-talkie conversation between the Russian group who claim responsibility for shooting down the plane.

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