Ukraine accuses both pro-Russian rebels and Russia of destroying evidence that proves “international crimes” from MH17 flight wreckage. In addition, authorities claim militants shot down the plane with support from Russia.
Barack Oabama called the crash a “wake-up call” for Europe to join the US in taking heavier economic measures against Moscow in the event that Russia does not use the influence it has to help in ending the Eastern Ukraine conflict. Minutes after the statement, artillery barrages started near the border between Russia and Ukraine.
Malaysia declared that it is “inhumane” to have an access ban to the area around Hrabove where flight MH17 crashed.
According to Ukrainian officials, armed man stopped the access of government experts from collecting on-site evidence. They were also threatened with detainment.
It is not clear who controls the area around the crash site. The rebel forces did set up checkpoints and cordons around the area but Emergencies Ministry workers were allowed in the area. However, they are not allowed to take anything from the crash site.
It was earlier reported that pro-Russian separatists found MH17’s black box but that was not officially confirmed.
The UN Security Council demanded an independent investigation. Both sides that are involved in the Ukraine conflict offered cooperation and ceasefires but it is still confusing who controls the ground situation at the moment.
Even with the ceasefires, clashes were reported last night near Luhansk.