On Tuesday, the train carrying bodies from the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over Ukraine arrived in the city of Kharkiv, where the Ukrainian government has set up its base of operations.
According to the AP:
At approximately 11:40 a.m. local time (4:40 a.m. ET), the train carrying the bodies pulled into a station in Kharkiv, where the Ukrainian government has based its investigation into the crash that killed all 298 people on board. The train had stopped overnight in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, but departed early Tuesday morning. The bodies are expected to be put into coffins and transported by plane to the Netherlands for identification and forensic investigation. Oleksander Kharchenko, spokesman for the state committee on the crash, said “we will do our best” to send the bodies to the Netherlands by the end of the day Tuesday. Of the 298 who died in the crash, 193 were Dutch citizens.
Rebels Hand Over Black Boxes
Yesterday the rebels officially handed over the black boxes of the plane as well, enabling the international community to finally have definitive proof of what happened in the plane’s final moments. This at least will provide closure to the relatives and loved ones of those lost in this tragedy. It’s unfortunate that it took so long to retrieve the bodies, and shows the true nature of these rebels.
However, the rebels continue to defy international “authority” by tampering with the crash site.
The AP reports:
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) told Fox News that the rebels had used chainsaws to dismantle the nose cone and front sections of the Boeing 777 and had carted some pieces of the plane away. The spokesman said that investigators who have seen the debris believe that the surface-to-air missile responsible for bringing the plane down impacted near the aircraft’s front section. That hypothesis would require a full examination of the parts reportedly tampered with by the rebels crucial for confirming what many Western leaders already believe: that Flight 17 was shot down by rebels using a SA-11 antiaircraft missile supplied by Moscow. The claims made by international monitors of rebel tampering with the debris are not new. On Monday, OSCE monitors observed workers at the crash site “hacking into the fuselage with gas-powered equipment.” The spokesman added that there was no security perimeter around one of the bigger debris fields, and monitors saw that one of the largest pieces of the plane “had somewhat been split or moved apart.”
This is another barbaric and sickening act by a group of thugs. Now, with the black boxes and increasing access to the crash site, hopefully international authorities can bring a semblance of peace and closure to the family members who lost loved ones.
We can only hope that this act of evil will not go unanswered, and that the world will see that these actions will be met with severe consequences.
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