Alexander Borodai, Imbecile, Gangster, Terrorist or all of the above! #MH17


Wanted for crimes against humanity

Alexander Borodai, the self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, called July 22, “an important day in the history of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” as two camouflage-clad rebel ceremoniously removed two of the so-called black boxes from a white sack and placed them on the table inside the 11-floor conference room of the rebel-occupied Donetsk regional administration.

What does he want? A medal??

He didn’t do anything special and neither did the so called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ Донецкая Республика. From the very start they have obstructed international experts, destroyed vital evidence and showed total inhumane treatment of the victims of Flight MH17.

No it is not a great day for him nor his so called Donetsk People’s Republic, they should hang their heads in shame! Any hope they may have had of ever becoming a legitimate republic ended the day Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 fell from the sky, now they are nothing but another terrorist cell waiting to be crushed and that day will be soon.

Alexander Borodai, imbecile

Kremlin-backed rebels hand over #MH17 black boxes to Malaysia


Kremlin-backed separatists handed over the black boxes from flight MH17 to Malaysian officials in Donetsk early on July 22.Kremlin-backed separatists handed over the black boxes from flight MH17 to Malaysian officials in Donetsk early on July 22. © Christopher J. Miller

DONETSK, Ukraine – It took nearly five days and hours of negotiations late into night, but Russia-backed rebels ceded some ground and turned over the flight recorder devices from Malaysia Airlines flight 17, shot down by a surface-to-air rocket last week, to Malaysian officials.

They also promised to release the bodies recovered from the crash site some 40 miles east in the village of Grabove, which were inside refrigerated railcars at the Donetsk train station but would soon be on their way to the Ukrainian-controlled eastern city of Kharkiv, and declared a ceasefire within a six-mile radius around the crash site to allow international investigators safe access to the area.

Donning his favorite blue blazer and flanked by gunmen, Alexander Borodai, the self-proclaimed prime minister the Donetsk People’s Republic, called July 22, “an important day in the history of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” as two camouflage-clad rebel ceremoniously removed two of the so-called black boxes from a white sack and placed them on the table inside the 11-floor conference room of the rebel-occupied Donetsk regional administration.

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BBC News: Russia – how tough a response?


Members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle have been targeted by existing sanctionsMembers of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle have been targeted by existing sanctions.

The rhetoric could scarcely sound tougher but will the reality come close to matching it?

David Cameron, writing in yesterday’s Sunday Times. said that “for too long there has been a reluctance on the part of too many European countries to face up to the implications of what is happening in eastern Ukraine.”

“It is time to make our power, influence and resources count,” he wrote.

Ed Miliband, speaking in Washington DC on Monday, agreed, saying “the international community has not done enough to show that Russian aggression cannot be allowed to stand” and “European unity must not be an excuse for European inaction”.

Whilst Nick Clegg said at his news conference this morning that the EU had so far failed to “act with the right collective resolve,” adding that “we believe the time has now come for sanctions to be tightened further and that is precisely what we will be seeking to deliver in the meetings in the EU later this week”.

So that’s clear enough then. There’s just one problem. The next round of sanctions will not be determined by Britain but by the EU’s 28 member states.

Caution

Russia has substantial financial interests in LondonRussia has substantial financial interests in London.

As my colleague Gavin Hewitt – the BBC’s Europe Editor – points out on his blog, Europe has been very tentative in what it’s willing to do to take on Russia and there’s no reason to think that caution won’t continue.

He writes that “Italy with its fragile economy, which continues to hover close to recession, is very dependent on Russian energy. Germany has 6,000 firms which do business in Russia. Some of its leading industrialists have been vocal in opposing sanctions. France has resisted pressure to halt delivery of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia.”

You might think that The Netherlands would be leading the way in taking on Russia. Their attitude will, of course, have been changed by last week’s national tragedy but remember that the EU country with the largest trade deficit is, you guessed it, the Netherlands.

The last figures showed that figure to be over 16 billion euros (£12.6bn), according to data from Eurostat.

Some EU countries argue that the most effective sanctions would be financial, stopping Russia accessing the City of London. That, of course, would hit the UK and not the rest of the EU.

City of London
You may recall that in March I revealed the existence of a photograph of a document which a senior official was carrying into a meeting in Downing Street which said that “the UK should not support, for now, trade sanctions or close London’s financial centre to Russians”.

Nothing has changed since then, I’m told.

So, sources tell me that we should expect some gradual movement in Brussels tomorrow rather than a dramatic tightening of the screw.

This is not just for selfish economic reasons but also because many EU countries argue that their best – or maybe their only – hope of getting access to the crash site and getting co-operation with the investigation is to maintain a dialogue with President Putin

In a news conference on Monday, Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz, said industry-wide sanctions were not being considered but Berlin was prepared to target individual companies.

After speaking to Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, Mr Cameron said he was “very clear that the EU will be ready to take further steps in terms of other areas, other areas of … some forms of advanced industrial goods that might have dual uses for defence purposes as well”.

In other words, even the deaths of almost 300 people in a crash which most EU countries blame Russian-backed separatists for will not lead directly to what many people will see as a tough response.

BBC News.

Netherlands opens war crimes investigation into Malaysian #MH17 airliner downing


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Dutch ambassador to Ukraine Kees Klompenhouwer kneel down and cross themselves during a flowers laying ceremony at the Netherlands embassy in Kyiv on July 21, 2014.  © AFPUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Dutch ambassador to Ukraine Kees Klompenhouwer kneel down and cross themselves during a flowers laying ceremony at the Netherlands embassy in Kyiv on July 21, 2014. © AFP

Dutch prosecutors have opened an investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 on suspicion of murder, war crimes and intentionally downing an airliner, a spokesman said on July 21.

Based on the Law on International Crimes, the Netherlands can prosecute any individual who committed a war crime against a Dutch citizen. The 298 people who were killed when the plane was downed over Ukraine included 193 Dutch citizens.

The spokesman said that a Dutch public prosecutor was in Ukraine as part of the investigation.

The Dutch prime minister meanwhile threatened tough action against Russia if it did not do more to help.

Western governments have pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian rebels and at Moscow itself over the downing of the plane. Russia has denied involvement and blamed the Ukrainian military for the disaster.

“It is clear that Russia must use her influence on the separatists to improve the situation on the ground,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a committee of the Dutch parliament.

“If in the coming days access to the disaster area remains inadequate, then all political, economic and financial options are on the table against those who are directly or indirectly responsible for that,” he said.

His comments reflected a change in tone from previous days, when he had stressed the importance of ascertaining the facts of the crash before considering a response.

Rutte on Monday promised lawmakers “measures would not be lacking” if it was confirmed who was responsible for bringing down the airliner.

Rutte’s remarks followed days of mounting pressure calling on the government to take a harder line against Russia.

“In the Netherlands we are inclined to approach our opponents in a fair and socially acceptable way in hope that opponents will respond in kind,” said Dick Berlijn, a former head of the Dutch armed forces who has been outspoken in calling for a tougher approach.

“What we have seen, especially with the Russian administration is this didn’t impact at all, they saw this as a weakness,” he said in an interview with Reuters.

Russia, is the Netherlands’ second-largest oil supplier and a major export destination for Dutch manufacturers. But growing consternation over the fate of flight MH-17 and its passengers may be forcing the government into taking a harder line.

On Monday afternoon, relatives of some of the passengers who lost their lives met Rutte alongside the Dutch King and Queen to be briefed on efforts to recover their bodies and to allow them to give their views on what sort of a memorial service should be held.

(Reporting By Thomas Escritt, editing by Angus MacSwan)

Reuters.

Mr Putin do the right thing and give up the terrorists responsible for Flight #MH17


Russian President Vladimir Putin

Whether President Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for arming the terrorists with ground to air missiles or one of his generals the truth will come out! The world calls on Mr Putin to do the right thing now and either own up or give up ALL the people responsible for shooting down flight MH17, if he doesn’t know then he has the means to find out.

This was not an act of war, it was an act of terrorism plain and simple and no stone should be left unturned, and when they are brought to trial it should be the relatives of the victims who decide their fate.

Publishing The Facts, Not Fiction.

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