Ukraine blames Russia for destroying evidence at MH17 crash site
By MARGAUX MAXWELL
Ukraine has accused Russia of destroying evidence at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a claim which Mongolia’s neighboring country denies.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 exploded in Eastern Ukraine over an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists, killing all 289 passengers inside. While investigations are still underway, the United States government says they have evidence that a Russian-made missile was responsible for the blast.
Ukraine has accused Rebels of entering the crash site and tampering with the corpses in order to cover up involvement in the crash. Most of the bodies are still lying over open country, inaccessible by international monitors such as Europe’s The Organization for Security and Cooperation who were barred from entering the area by gunmen, officials reported. The black boxes from the flight have been reportedly found but are currently in the hands of pro-Russian separatists. Families of the victims are furious and are demanding that their loved ones be brought home.
“Twenty-three and 20 years old! They’re lying there on the floor somewhere. I don’t know where they are. I want to arrange their funeral. I can’t. I don’t know where they are. I want them back. I want my children back. Look at those people. How beautiful. They have to come back. Mr Putin – send my children home. Send them home. Please,” a Dutch mother told a UK based newspaper.
Present Vladimir Putin responded to the allegations against Russia in a televised meeting Thursday, arguing that the crash would not have occurred if not for the civil war in Ukraine.
The draw between Kremlin and Western powers have intensified, as the West is pushing hard for an credible investigation.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, agreed that all evidence should be handed over for international investigation.
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