On July 17, 2014, a Malaysian passenger plane, MH17, was shot down over the war zone in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died. The scapegoats immediately became Moscow and the Russian-speaking rebels in eastern Ukraine. Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende put all the blame on Moscow, and told TV2 on 3 August 2014: «Sanctions [against Russia] came in full last Friday, not least after MH17 was shot down… [There were] major changes after also saw that the Malaysian passenger plane. . .