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article imageOp-Ed: Night of the Russians

By Robert Weller     Jul 19, 2014 in World
Donetsk - It could be the newest horror movie. Vodka-swilling Russian wannabes steal bodies from a commercial jet they shot down. But this is real.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proxies are accused of stealing bodies from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner they are charged with shooting down.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a Vienna-based group that includes Moscow as a member, says its observers have been blocked from entering the site two days in a row. Some warning shots were fired at them, the group said.
The Ukrainian government said not only were bodies being removed, but the rebels were tampering with other evidence.
The Malaysian government has sent experts to the area, and they were expected to arrive this weekend. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong-Lai said it would be "inhumane" if Malaysian experts were not given access to the crash site.
The Malaysian Chronicle said Russians were caught trying to introduce lies into the Wikipedia entry on flight MH17.
A missile fired by the separatists is believed to have brought down the Boeing 777, and killed all 298 aboard. Half were Dutch nationals as the plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Some of the world’s leading AIDS researchers were on board, headed to an international conference that began Friday night in Melbourne.
US President Barack Obama has said there is considerable evidence the rebels shot down the plane.
Obama said, “Their deaths are [an] outrage of unspeakable proportions.”
Kiev says they even bragged about it on Tweeter, until they realized they had hit a commercial jet, not a Ukrainian military plane.
The Russian separatists have shot down half a dozen Ukrainian military aircraft and helicopters, using weapons the White House says were supplied by Putin’s security forces.
Putin has responded by saying it is the fault of the Ukraine government for creating the conditions that resulted in the plane being shot down.
The action has drawn worldwide condemnation, with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott accusing the Russians of lying. Nearly 30 Australians were on board, including one member of a family that lost family members when a Malaysian flight disappeared over the Indian Ocean.
Theories offered from Moscow have included that Kiev was trying to hit a plane carrying Putin or that the plane was carrying a load of corpses.
Kiev and Washington have provided intercepts and Tweets supporting their view that the separatists shot down the plane.
NATO or US forces may have to secure the area, if asked by Ukraine. It is on land still considered part of Ukraine by everyone but Russia.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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