The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 may constitute a war crime, the UN said Monday, as explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to reach the crash site in insurgent-held east Ukraine. SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine: The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 may constitute a war crime, the UN said Monday, as explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to reach the crash site in insurgent-held east Ukraine. The unarmed international mission was forced to turn around as heavy bombardment rocked towns close to the site, where the remains of some of the 298 victims still lie more than 10 days after the disaster. Ukraine's military confirmed that its forces were engaged in fierce battles against rebels nearby, saying its troops had entered into towns including Shakhtarsk, just 10 kilometres (six miles) away. More than 1,100 people have been killed in the violence engulfing east Ukraine in the past three months, the UN said, a … [Read more...] about Downing of flight MH17 ‘may amount to a war crime’: UN
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AIDS researchers, soccer fans, a nun and a Canadian medical student were among of the passengers aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, sending shockwaves that rippled around the world. All those aboard died. As emergency workers continue to sift through the wreckage of the downed jetliner, there is now a clearer picture of who the victims were. At least 189 were from the Netherlands. The nationalities of other passengers included 44 Malaysians – including 15 crew and two infants; 27 Australians; 12 Indonesians, including one infant; 9 Britons; four Germans; four Belgians; three Filipinos and one person each from Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Hong Kong, according to the airlines and those governments. Vietnam’s U.N. ambassador, Le Hoai Trung, said three unidentified victims were Vietnamese. (Dual citizenship may account for a total greater than 298). The … [Read more...] about Three Vietnamese among victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Official
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.
(VOVworld) - Russia on Wednesday vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution establishing an international tribunal to investigate the downing of a Malaysian airliner last year. Eleven of the Council's 15 members voted in favor, one against, and three abstained. Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia’s Transport Minister, a non-permanent member of the Security Council and sponsor of the draft, said he is deeply disappointed at the failure to adopt the resolution. Russian permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin called the draft resolution improper and pre-mature, and said Russia’s veto is not meant to hinder any investigation or search for justice. … [Read more...] about Russia vetoes draft UN resolution setting up tribunal for crashed Malaysian flight MH17
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