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President Poroshenko, phone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte #MH17

Ukraine & Dutch FlagsThe Dutch Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Ukrainian party and personally to Petro Poroshenko for all the efforts that had allowed bringing the dead bodies from MH17 flight to Kharkiv in order to further transport them to the Netherlands. “Finally, relatives and friends will have an opportunity to decently bury their loved ones. It is very important for our country,” he emphasized.

Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude to Mark Rutte for strong position of the Netherlands in the course of today’s meeting of the Council of the European Union at the level of Foreign Ministers in Brussels. The conclusions of the Resolution stipulate additional sanctions against Russia, particularly holding of preparatory work and provision of proposals until July 24 regarding the restriction of access to the markets of capital and defensive means, dual-use markets and markets of sensitive technologies including the energy sector.

The President noted the importance of the UN Resolution, co-author of which had been the Netherlands. Mark Rutte claimed that he had an intention together with Australia and other countries whose citizens had died in a plane crash to suggest sending to Ukraine special UN Civilian Police Mission to secure the crash site and facilitate holding of proper international investigation into reasons of the disaster.

In the course of the conversation, the parties agreed to unite efforts to restore the economic conditions of regions affected by the actions of terrorists. Particularly, Prime Minister Rutte assured of the readiness of his country to become an active participant of the conference of donors and investors for Ukraine planned to be held in Kyiv in autumn.

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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)


New York Times: Separatists said to have seized control of crash victims’ remains #MH17

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) inspected a refrigerated railway car on Sunday that contained bodies of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in Torez, Ukraine, as pro-Russian separatists stood guard. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/ReutersMonitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) inspected a refrigerated railway car on Sunday that contained bodies of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in Torez, Ukraine, as pro-Russian separatists stood guard. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

KYIV, Ukraine – Pro-Russian separatist militiamen have seized custody of the bodies of about 200 victims of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that was blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile, Ukrainian officials said on Sunday, and rebels continued to limit access to the crash site in eastern Ukraine, blocking the work of experts even as hundreds of untrained local volunteers were picking through the wreckage with sticks.

Ukrainian emergency responders, working under the watchful eyes of armed rebels, had recovered 196 bodies from the area where Flight 17, a Boeing 777 carrying 298 passengers and crew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed and burned on Thursday afternoon.

But the responders were forced to turn the bodies over to the separatists, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, said at a briefing in Kiev on Sunday. Mr. Lysenko said officials believed that 38 of those bodies were taken to the morgue in Donetsk, a regional capital that is controlled by separatists.

Local residents among the wreckage at the site of the crash on Saturday. Photograph: Getty ImagesLocal residents among the wreckage at the site of the crash on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Bociurkiw, the leader of an observer mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (O.S.C.E.), said that most of the bodies had been placed in three refrigerated railroad cars in the town of Torez, not far from the crash site. He said that monitors were told that 167 bodies were in the cars, which were locked but under the control of rebels from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, one of the main separatist groups.

Monitors were permitted to make a brief inspection, Mr. Bociurkiw said, speaking by phone from eastern Ukraine, and the body bags all appeared to have tags on them. “We were escorted to the railway station by heavily armed guards of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” he said. “They are the ones in charge of that area.”

Large groups of searchers were working at the crash site, near the village of Grabovo, for the first time on Sunday. Coal miners and people in civilian clothes walked through wheat and corn fields, looking for those bodies that were still missing. Bodies were placed in black plastic bags and laid along the side of the road in matted grass.

It was the first day of mass searching, a full three days after the plane was shot down.

By midday, observers from the O.S.C.E. had arrived and were walking the crash site’s perimeter. Four Ukrainian investigators, who according to the O.S.C.E.’s security detail, had arrived from Kiev, were taking photographs in the burned area near the front of the site. They would not speak to journalists. Continue reading

#Russia #Today’s “Genocide in Eastern Ukraine”: #Sick, #distorted and #deleted.

Russia Today's despicable propaganda video

The Kremlin-funded TV channel Russia Today has first shown, and then removed, a film in which it claims that ’the junta’ in Kyiv and its ’Nazi mercenaries’ are carrying out genocide, ethnic cleansing and starving its population, while children are being taught Nazi slogans and salutes.

The Kremlin should surely investigate why Russia Today, the TV channel it lavishly funds took so much trouble to produce a ‘Truthseeker’1 programme on the ‘Kyiv junta’s’ alleged ‘genocide in eastern Ukraine only to remove all trace of it from its site.  Why if, as it claims, eyewitnesses have spoken of “unarmed civilians being systematically massacred – village after village, town after town – all under complete mainstream media silence”, has Russia Today followed suit ?

The video for the moment can be viewed here.  Can and should, most particularly by broadcasting councils in all countries where Russia Today is widely watched as a ‘counterweight to the mainstream media’.  The channel can also be accessed in hotels as the Russian counterpart to the BBC or Deutsche Welle.

Anybody who happened to be watching RT, or simply flicking channels, on July 13 came upon a truly disturbing ‘documentary’.   After contentious assertions about the US’s role in the Rwandan Genocide, the viewer is told about another genocide supposedly taking place before our eyes, in eastern Ukraine where, according to RT, Kyiv is carrying out daily mass bombings of unarmed civilians.  They are ‘reportedly using “cluster bombs designed to kill or maim everyone in the surrounding area”.

The viewer is then shown the funeral of Vanya who had celebrated his 5th birthday the day before “the junta’s cluster bomb blew his leg off”.

There are some staggering moments, such as the assertion by Eric Zuesse that the current government in Kyiv is “the most far-right-wing government on the face of the earth.”  For anyone wishing to appreciate the full depth and scope of this ‘investigative historian’, further thoughts on the ‘ethnic cleansing’ he claims is underway in Ukraine can be found in “Who profits from Ukraine’s war”.  The author states that  “at the bottom levels (the level of the troops who are carrying it out) there indeed is a very strong ethnic hatred of the Russian-speaking population, and so it is overtly naziistic (or hate-driven fascism) at those lower levels”.  His, as it were, scholarly, focus is, however, on “the aristocratic psychopaths at the top of the operation”.

The TV producers clearly decided that all this was too complex for their viewers and provide catchy labels like ‘openly Nazi mercenaries’ and “the direct successor to Hitler’s Wehrmacht” as their way of describing the Ukrainian military.  The latter, we are told, are directly targeting civilians “who had no other crime but their ethnicity”.

Some points are written out on the screen for maximum effect.

“One day the Right Sektor, National Guard, Azov and Dniepr Battalion mercenaries came to Saurovka village and they instilled European values. They took the men alive and cut off the limbs. First their arms, then legs, then the heads. They did not cut the women – they raped them.”


RT claims that the military have also “murdered and tortured” journalists, naming the Pyervy Kanal journalist Anatoly Klyan almost certainly sent to his death by the Kremlin-back militants and Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli

The renowned journalist Anne Applebaum called the programme “sick and distorting”, and some parts are indeed so cynical and full of lies that it is difficult to even write about them. These include the claims that the ‘junta’ has prevented people escaping, condemning them to try to survive on berries, with stark predictions that come winter there will be scenes like those during the blockade of Leningrad in World War II. Or the accusation that the military are “walking up to somebody, disembowelling them, a child”. They are accused of “even bombing the wheat fields”. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko is claimed to have labelled nearly half the country as “subhuman” with extensive coverage aimed at linked the Kyiv government to Nazi Germany and its treatment of Slavs as ‘Untermenschen’.

It would be difficult to name one most offensive moment, but certainly in the running would be the manipulative images of young children and claims that they are taught Nazi slogans and salutes from an early age.

This truly sick broadcast came just two days after a Russian Pyervy Kanal interview made world headlines with its assertion that the three-year-old son of a militant had been crucified by Ukrainian soldiers on the non-existent Lenin Square in the centre of Slovyansk. There was outrage and calls for those responsible to be called to account. What was meant, it should be stressed, was those responsible for such primitive war propaganda and misinformation since the story was a pack of lies.

It may have been the fallout from that scandal which led to RT quietly removing the offensive material. It may even be the renewed calls for third-level sanctions as Russia continues to encroach upon Ukrainian territory, amass troops on the border and openly support the militants in eastern Ukraine. Or it is simply a ploy – the film was, after all, viewed by a large number of people many of whom will have no idea how grossly they were being misinformed.

The smoking gun remains and warrants close scrutiny given the overt use made of manifest lies to try to justify Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, to fuel tension in Donbas and incite Russian nationals to come to eastern Ukraine to fight the Kremlin’s undeclared war.

Screenshots from the programme which was doubtless seen by a very large number of viewers can be found below.

And more lies lies.. Lies,


  1. Russia Today’ wouldn’t know the truth if it came up and bit them in the arse! 

Ukraine blames Russia for ‘continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry’

Originally posted on Amanpour:

Click here to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Klimkin.

By Mick Krever, CNN

As conflict intensifies in Eastern Ukraine, that country’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Russia of massive interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

“We have continuous and intentional destabilization of Donetsk and Luhansk,” Pavlo Klimkin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“They keep saying their influence is limited, but it’s also about continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry from Russia.”

“We have inflow of weapons, of mercenaries, of heavy weaponry – tanks, everything.”

“And as you know, you can probably buy Kalashnikov in a kind of shop on the black market, but you can’t buy tanks or you can’t buy anti-air missiles there.”

Just three weeks ago, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared a unilateral cease-fire and he told Amanpour that he believed peace was possible in a matter of weeks or months.

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