Bodies rained down on Ukraine village after plane disaster

Anton Zverev

…Rescue workers say they have found most of the corpses, some of them largely intact, others mangled. Some have been piled together but others lie where they fell, the place identified by sticks placed in the ground with white cloth attached.

Some of the corpses have been wrapped in almost transparent plastic sheets, the corners held down with small mounds of soil or stones. Pairs of uncovered legs poke out from under some of the sheets, and at least one had a red carnation on top.

Among the dead were many women and children, including a boy of about 10 still lying beside the cockpit, his small body covered by a plastic sheet.

Much of the scene was in chaos 24 hours after the plane was brought down. Abandoned shoes lay all around, with boxes of tablets that spilled out of a medical cabinet, empty suitcases and articles of clothing strewn over the fields…



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Related: Malaysia Airlines MH17: Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warns Vladimir Putin of ‘last chance’ to help recover bodies

…”I was shocked at the pictures of utterly disrespectful behaviour at this tragic spot,” he said, referring to allegations that bodies of the passengers, including 193 of his countrymen, were being allowed to decay at the scene.

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said people in the Netherlands are “angry and furious” by news that bodies are being dragged around the site.

After meeting with the Ukrainian president, Mr Timmermans said he wants to know who is responsible for shooting down the airliner.

“We’re already in shock, but what the news we got today of bodies being dragged around, the site being treated improperly, has really created a shock in the Netherlands,” he said.

“People are angry, are furious at what they hear. So my plea to you also, Mr President, is please help us bring our people back so that they can be buried in a decent way….


‘No provocation, no excuses’: PM lashes Russia over downing of Malaysia Airlines plane

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has attacked Russia over the tragedy in Ukraine, stopping just short of accusing Moscow of involvement in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

In comments which go further than those of other world leaders, an angry Mr Abbott said Russia should not be able to stand in the way of a full, independent investigation…

…Mr Abbott later criticising the ambassador for seeking to blame Ukraine for the disaster.

“I have to say that is deeply, deeply unsatisfactory. The idea that Russia can somehow say it’s nothing to do with them because it happened in Ukrainian airspace frankly does not stand up to any serious scrutiny,’’ he said…


Ambassador Power: Militants taking #MH17 victims’ bodies at gunpoint

…Horrifying if true: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power reports that Pro-Russian militants at the scene of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash are taking victims’ bodies from responders at gunpoint, perhaps to further “sanitize” the crash site. The question now: what are the U.N. and U.S. prepared to do about it?…


Russian TV anchor resigns over crash stories: ‘Every single day we’re lying’

A TV anchor quit her influential post on Friday because she was tired of telling lies for a station that slavishly follows the country’s president, attacks his opponents and bends “truth” to political necessity.

Unfortunately, she worked for a Russian television station.

Sara Firth, London-based anchor for the Russian “news” Russia Today outlet, quit publicly Friday, with a broadside that accused the station of lying to cover up Russian role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine…


Update: Looters Stole Cash, Credit Cards, and Jewelry from Flight MH17 Crash Victims

The crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which went down yesterday afternoon after being shot with a missile, is now being looted. This is not only causing issues for the investigation, but also for the families of the victims on board, who will now not be able to recover the lost property of the 298 dead passengers and crew…



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