A RESIDENT of the tiny Ukraine hamlet of Rassypnoye has told of the horrific moment a body from MH17 ploughed through her roof — and how she initially assumed it was a bomb.
Like so many of her neighbours in the so-called ‘village of the dead’, Inna Tipunovais is appalled at the time it is taken authorities to get to them.
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She knows her ‘corpse’ only by the moniker Body 26 but the 60-year-old believes their lives will forever be intertwined.
“I want to know about her, who she was, her name, these things but they just call her ‘Number 26’,” Inna said emotionally.
Inna is standing inside her son’s granny flat at the side of her home and looking up to the roof where the body crashed through and into the deep blue summer sky above.
“The police tell me this ‘we call her Number 26’ before they put all of her in a black bag and carried her away. It took then a while to find all of her. It was very sad”
Inna was up the road visiting a friend when her 27-year-old son Alexander rang her and said a bomb had smashed through the roof of their home in the rural village of Rassypnoye outside Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
He was afraid the bomb may go off but the reality was worse. “26” was a passenger on-board Flight MH17 when it was downed, who crashed through the roof of the small white washed home unit. The impact sheered her in half and also tore off some of her limbs and when Inna returned home she saw the blood and “other things” smeared across the walls.
“She was only half a person but she was a woman, maybe in her 50s but her head …. and her foot they found that up there in the roof still, but she was here with us in the house. We know the situation of war and are so aware of bombs dropping and we thought it was a bomb but it was worse. I know this is all part of war but it is very sad.”
The body was taken away but not for a while – which was terribly distressing for all. Lime powder is now scattered on the floor where there were pools of blood but the stench of death remains as do blood-spattered pots and pans and in the splintered rafters some human flesh.
“Tell everyone how it is truthfully, everyone must know,” she says.
Everyone in the rural village has a similar story, some even worse than Inna’s.
But they also wanted to share with News Corp Australia their stories. No-one had spoken to them about their distress not even the authorities and they were pleased to share summer fruits and tales of horror some just too graphic to print.
It was a quiet hamlet of little more than two dozen or so farm houses early last week but by last Thursday it had become the village of the dead.
There’s Inna’s elderly neighbour local farmer Sascha – he too had a passenger from the Malaysian Airlines flight drop through his roof.
Tatiana said it was “raining humans” as she tended the fields and now can’t erase the scene from her mind. Nor can Liliya Alexandrovnr Kuhta, 43, who with her daughter saw bodies and debris fall across the village. In all, 39 victims of the Boeing flight landed in the village.
“Everyone here cried for two days, cried and cried and cried, the crying was non-stop, how could you not? But then we knew what we had to do.
“We lined up shoulder-to shoulder with the local coal pit workers and walked through into the fields of Sun Flowers to find these people, they deserved respect and we went to get them.”
The coal pit workers also yesterday walked through large wheat belts looking for bodies.
Liliya points out where two bodies were immediately found in her village yesterday, then walks through the village’s three roads pointed out to the left and then the right and then the roof of a home, then a barn, then a field.
“Over there was a nine-month old baby, just nine months,” she said. “When the Sun Flowers fall (die) we will find more I know this. It’s terrible, sad. Everyone here believed it was a Ukraine fighter jet that shot the airline down. Who knows. But Australia and these countries should come here, these people need a memorial. Tell them to build a memorial here.”