Pro-Russian separatists accused of removing bodies from MH17

Pro-Russian separatists accused of removing bodies from MH17

Written by Bella Dalima

19 Jul, 2014 | 9:40 pm

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have been accused of removing 38 bodies from the Malaysian Airlines crash scene and attempting to destroy evidence at the site.

The rebels are however, denying any involvement.

Children in the ground described that it was “raining people” after passenger plane was shot down with 298 people on board.

Wreckage lay scattered in a field in eastern Ukraine as investigators and emergency officials probed the downing of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board.

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The plane crashed about 40 km from the border with Russia near the regional capital of Donetsk, an area that is a stronghold of rebels who have been fighting Ukrainian government forces.

Leaders of the rebel Donetsk People’s Republic denied any involvement and said a Ukrainian air force jet had brought down the intercontinental flight.

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe visited the scene of a Malaysian Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people.

However, it was later reported that Russian Rebels have stopped inspectors from investigating the MH17 crash site amid reports that the black box record is on its way to Moscow.

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Earlier on July 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian government and pro Russian separatists to lay down arms and ended into a cease fire agreement.

The rebels are suspected of owning one of the Russian built Surface to air missiles or SAMs, blamed for the attack.

Meanwhile President Barack Obama said that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane.

Russia’s Defence Ministry spokesman denied the downing of a Malaysian airlines plane in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has used high-tech listening satellites to trace the deadly path of the missile that apparently destroyed Flight MH17.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Intelligence Officials most certainly relied on a technical discipline known as MASINT, to obtain key bits of information about the missile launch.

The plane is believed to have been shot down using a Buk surface to air missile system.

The Buk Sam is a mobile missile system that includes a target acquisition rader vehicle, command vehicle and several other key components.

The Unit comprises of four surface to air missiles which to travel at a mach 3 speed and can reach a target travelling at an altitude of 72,000 feet.

This weapon was designed by the Soviet Union ant then by its successor state , the Russian Federation to fight cruise missiles, smart bombs and unmanned aerial aircraft.

Four Ukrainian military planes have been shot-down since June and two most certainly by rebels.

But the other two were shot-down at a high altitude, like Flight MH17, and its not clear who or how they are brought down.

Who shot down the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, remains a mystery.

 

 

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