20 January 2018, Saturday, 18:20

Boeing crash in Donbas: Terrorists cover tracks


Militants hinder the investigation of the plane crash in the Donbas region.

Terrorist organisation DNR impede an open international investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing 777 near the town of Torez, says the statement of Serhiy Taruta, the chairman of the Donetsk regional administration.

According to the governor, militants hinder the work of Ukrainian experts at the crash scene. They also expressed a desire to take the plane's black box and bodies to Russia. “In this regard, I appeal to the participants of the Geneva process (Russia, the US and the EU), the United States, the OSCE and all international organisations with the initiative to force DNR to create a corridor to take the necessary equipment and personnel to the crash site. A 30km security perimeter around the site should be created urgently and fire should be stopped. Access to the crash scene should be created. The territory should be free of weapons,” Taruta said.

He added that “it is not possible to consider the investigation open and unbiased unless it [these demands] is done” and that the behaviour of “DNR should be regarded as an attempt to obstruct justice and cover tracks”.

Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman for the National Security Council of Ukraine, also says that terrorists, who control the territory where the Malaysian plane was shot down, hinder the investigation into the incident.

“Militants give really great attention to the zone with the wreckage of the Boeing 777,” he said. “They do everything to make the investigation nonobjective. In other words, they hinder the investigation.”

The Ukrainian authorities do not have information about the black box of the shot down plane, the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine says.

“We do not have official information about the location of the flight recorder from the Boeing plane,” Andriy Lysenko said.

Under international law, the flight recorder of the crashed Boeing 777 must be in Ukraine. Taking the black box out of the country is illegal, the Ukrainian MFA says. “Under international law, […] the flight recorders should remain in the state where the incident took place,” Andriy Sybiha, the director of the consular service department at the Ukrainian MFA, said.

On July 17, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 298 people, including 15 crew members, from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was shot down and crashed in the eastern part of Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian armed forces, it was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile system by terrorists who receive weapons from Russia.

Photo: Reuters