Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from a launcher brought into Ukraine from Russia and located in a village held by pro-Russian rebels, international prosecutors said on Wednesday. The findings counter Moscow's suggestion that the passenger plane, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014, was brought down by Ukraine's military rather than the separatists. All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch, were killed. The conclusions were based on thousands of wiretaps, photographs, witness statements and forensic tests during more than two years of inquiries into an incident which led to a sharp rise in tensions between Russia and the West. Among the key findings were: the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk-9M38 missile; the missile was fired from the rebel-held village of Pervomaysk in eastern Ukraine; and the launcher was transported into Ukraine from Russia. "This Buk trailer came from the territory of the Russian Federation, and after the … [Read more...] about Malaysian flight MH17 downed by Russian-made missile: prosecutors
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The U.S. can not confirm whether any citizens were on board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 when it crashed in Ukraine. A Russian Interior official has said that 23 Americans were on board. The plane was reportedly downed by pro-Russian rebel forces, who have denied responsibility. The forces are posing an obstacle to emergency crews trying to reach the crash site. President Petro Poroshenko has called the incident a "terror act," according to an Interfax report. The plane reported no difficulties before it disappeared from radar. Foreign ministries are scrambling to learn what they can about the crash. U.S., U.K., French, German, and Spanish said they still gathering information about the circumstances surrounding the crash of the plane, which was carrying 295 people. Nations and airlines are beginning to avoid Ukrainian airspace. The French government has requested that airlines avoid the area, having stopped flights over Crimea in April. (The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration … [Read more...] about What’s happening now in the Malaysian Airliner crisis
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 highlights a fact long known to those watching the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine: You can't expect reliable information about it from officials or media, whether Russian, Ukrainian or Western. As a result, relatives of people killed on the plane must now subsist on a familiar diet of rumors and falsehoods -- often incredibly callous ones. Just now I have received information that terrorists – death-hunters were collecting not only cash money and jewelry of the crashed Boing died passengers but also the credit cards of the victims. Currently they might as well try to use them in Ukraine or pass them on to Russia. My humble request to the relatives of the victims to freeze their credit cards, so that they won’t loose their assets to terrorists! Mainstream Ukrainian media immediately picked up the allegation and spread it as straight news. "The Russian mercenaries are openly looting the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing: … [Read more...] about Flight MH17 victims’ bodies were looted. Or maybe not.
A Malaysian passenger jet which blew up over rebel-held east Ukraine with the loss of all 298 people on board was hit by numerous "high-energy objects", according to a report Tuesday which appears to back up claims it was hit by a missile. While the preliminary report from Dutch investigators does not point the finger of blame over the July air disaster, it could heighten Western pressure against Moscow over its role in the bloody Ukraine conflict. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside," said the preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board. International experts have not been able to the reach the rebel-held crash site in the Donetsk region because of fighting, and have relied on information from the black boxes, Ukrainian officials, as well as pictures and video taken at the scene. But the findings appear to back up claims that the Boeing … [Read more...] about Flight MH17 hit by numerous ‘high energy objects’
(VOVworld) – Belgium’s Foreign Ministry has asked the UN Security Council to find those responsible for the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 nearly one year ago. 6 Belgian citizens were among the 298 passengers and aircrew killed during the plane crash in Ukraine. Belgium is the 5th nation to ask for a tribunal for the MH17 victims, after Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine sent their petitions to the UN. Opposition force in eastern Ukraine denied accusations of the involvement, saying that the Ukrainian army had shot the flight down. The Netherlands was assigned to open an international investigation into the incident. … [Read more...] about After Australia, Belgium asks for criminal trial for MH17 victims