Malaysia Airlines MH17: Ukrainian Government Says It Has Proof Russia Provided Missile System That Shot Down Plane

  @MeaganKaym.clark@ibtimes.com on July 19 2014 7:02 PM
Malaysia Airlines MH17 Investigation
Ukraine says pro-Russia separatists are destroying Malaysia Airlines MH17 evidence. Reuters

The Ukrainian government said Saturday it has proof Russia provided the missile system that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

Ukraine has also said Russia and separatist rebels in the east have tried to block investigators and emergency response workers from the crash site, removing evidence and driving three missile launchers back to Russia hours after the crash.

“The terrorists, with Russia’s support, are attempting to destroy the evidence of this international crime,” the Ukrainian government said in a statement. “We urge the international community to oblige Russia to withdraw its terrorists from Ukraine and to allow the Ukrainian and international experts to hold a comprehensive investigation of the tragedy.”

Vitaly Nayda, the head of counterintelligence for Ukraine’s state security service, told a news conference in Kiev Saturday photographs showed three Buk-M1 missile systems on the road to the Russian border, the New York Times reported. Two of the devices crossed the border at 2 a.m. Friday, less than 10 hours after the jet was blown apart in flight, and the third crossed at about 4 a.m.

The Ukrainian government also said terrorists "moved 38 bodies of the victims” to a morgue in Donetsk where “‘experts’ with Russian accents claimed that they intend to perform autopsies.”

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe sent a delegation of 30 staff to investigate the MH17 crash site Friday but said Saturday it has obtained “very limited access.”

“There were dead bodies at the scene, marked, but exposed to the elements,” OSCE reported Saturday. “No process of debris collection was observed. Some of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s guards were visibly intoxicated and aggressive.”

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