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#MH17 Wreckage Arrives In Netherlands: Kremlin accused of role in Malaysia Airlines crash (Video Only)
Trucks carrying MH17 wreckage arrive in the Netherlands.
European aviation chiefs warned Ukraine of the threat posed by Russian-backed militants prior to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July.
That’s according to British newspaper the Sunday Times, which reports that the aviation body – known as Eurocontrol – also advised Ukraine to close off its airspace near the Russian border.
Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop announce the successful recovery, identification and repatriation of the 38 bodies.
A coffin of a person who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is moved at Eindhoven airbase, the Netherlands. Photograph: Rex
Australian Associated Press.
All 38 Australians who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was downed in eastern Ukraine have been formally identified, the federal government says.
Operation Bring Them Home will conclude in the coming weeks when the final remains of the victims are reunited with their families, after Dutch authorities confirmed the identities of the victims.
The prime minister, Tony Abbott, and the foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said in a joint statement on Saturday the victims of the tragedy had finally been accorded the dignity and respect they deserved.
“The successful recovery, identification and repatriation of the victims has been a painstaking and meticulous process,” the statement said. “It has been a tremendously difficult period for the families and for all Australians.
“After such a long wait, we can now be assured that the Australian victims have been accorded the dignity and respect they deserve.”
The Australian and Dutch governments continue to press for full implementation of United Nations security council resolution 2166, which was adopted in July and supports an independent investigation into the disaster.
The Dutch Safety Board and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service are also investigating.
MH17 went down in July in rebellion-torn eastern Ukraine killing all 298 aboard, including 38 Australians. It was believed to have been hit by a surface-to-air missile.
In November the international investigation into the downing of MH17 was extended by nine months, after the Dutch-led efforts to find out who shot down the passenger plane were hampered by the ongoing civil war and Russian intransigence.
Investigators will now have until August 2015 under a deal struck between Australia, the Netherlands, Ukraine and other nations.
Kiev: Six more coffins carrying body parts of victims from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands from Ukraine on Friday, with nine victims of the July disaster still unidentified.
A Dutch Air Force C-130 transport plane arrived at an airfield in the southern city of Eindhoven after leaving Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.
The coffins were loaded into six hearses at a ceremony attended by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, before heading for a forensic research facility in Hilversum where the process of identifying the victims is taking place.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky on July 17 over Ukrainian rebel-held territory, killing all 298 people on board, including 193 Dutch citizens.
The Dutch-led probe team has so far identified 289 of the victims and is set to transport the wreckage of the plane by road to the Netherlands for further investigation.
But nine victims remained unidentified as recovery work at the crash site shut down for the winter.
Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of supplying pro-Kremlin insurgents with the missile that shot down the jet but Moscow and the separatists deny they were responsible and have instead pointed the finger at Kiev.
Dutch and Ukrainian officials earlier Friday held a memorial ceremony at the airport in Kharkiv for the last batch of human remains to be transported this year.
Kharkiv governor Igor Baluta said the debris of the downed jet would be loaded onto trucks for transportation Saturday and depart from eastern Ukraine in the near future.
Searches would resume again in March, Baluta said.
Dutch justice ministry spokesman Jean Fransman told: “It`s probably not the last time that human remains will be returned from the crash site.”
“There are some areas where we`ve not searched yet,” he said.
“How could we check it?” a Russian “expert” said when confronted with glaring mistakes in the image. “It came to us from the internet.” UPDATE — The original source for the image told BuzzFeed News that he found it online and never expected to see it on Russian TV. “Those guys are either desperate or totally unprofessional.”
The front page of the local newspaper calls on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to apologise as relations between Australia hit an all time low after the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine, at the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane on Nov. 14, 2014. © AFP.
KIEV, Ukraine — The man whose email was used as ‘proof’ that Ukraine shot down MH17 told BuzzFeed News that he had found the image on a forum and was upset that it had been used so widely on Russian TV.
George Bilt—who said he is an MIT graduate and aviation expert with 26 years experience, but would not provide further biographical details—said that he had come across an earlier report by the Russian Union of Engineers (RUE) blaming a Ukrainian fighter jet for the crash, and thought that it concurred with his own amateur findings. When he saw the picture online, Bilt wrote to Andreyevsky, the “expert” from the broadcast, with a link to the forum where the image was posted, clearly stating that he had found it there.
“I had no knowledge or means of proving and researching if this was an authentic satellite photo or not (it was clearly available online since mid October – not really such a new discovery too),” Bilt said. “RUE seemed to possess such research means and resources. I do not know if this was my mistake in evaluation.”
Bilt said that he was shocked to see his email, which he thought that he had written to Andreyevsky in confidence, used on Russian TV as proof of the Kremlin’s claims, citing him as a source. “I am quite unhappy that my bona fide informal attempt possibly became a source of yet another battle in a media war,” he said. “This was definitely not my intention. I am also not looking for a cheap fame. This tragedy is simply too awful to gain from it.
“I am sorry for all those people I might have indirectly and unintentionally misled or disappointed by this unexpected mess in anyway,” Bilt added. “Personally and professionally, I will not continue with this amateurish investigation effort due to the rather insane highly confrontational situation prone to escalation and with the elements of media war.
“Those folks are either desperate or totally unprofessional,” he said.
On Friday, Russia’s Channel 1 published what it said were satellite photos proving that a Ukrainian government fighter jet shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July.
Host Mikhail Leontiev, who is also a vice-president at state oil giant Rosneft, said that the pictures were sent to the Russian Union of Engineers by an MIT graduate named George Bilt.
Leontiev quoted an email from Bilt in which he said that the plane “was shot down in a classic jet fighter attack from the rear semi-sphere.”
The Kremlin has suggested a Ukrainian Su-25 could have shot down the plane — despite a wealth of evidence rebels shot it down with a Russian-supplied Buk missile system, most likely by mistake.
There are numerous inconsistencies with the Russian official versions of the downing of the MH17, even without taking into account the evidence to the contrary.
Russia’s defense ministry claimed simultaneously that the Boeing could also have been shot down by a Ukrainian Buk, even though Kiev denies having any active systems within range.
A list of 10, mostly rhetorical questions the ministry prepared for Ukraine included references to tweets by a Spanish air traffic controller in Kiev who quickly turned out not to exist.
Russian bloggers, however, quickly took the claim to pieces. Photographer Rustem Adagamov found that part of the image came from the Google Images cache dating back to August 2012.
Journalist Sergei Parkhomenko found several other pictures taken from Yandex.Maps, a Russian site.
Another Russian photographer, Ilya Varlamov, pointed out that the fighter in the picture appeared to be a MiG-29 — and not an Su-27.
On top of all this, the Su-27 can only fly to 23,000 feet — far below the altitude of 33,000 feet MH17 was cruising at when it was shot down. zyalt.livejournal.com
The Boeing in the picture turned out to bear a suspicious resemblance to the first Russian-language Google Images result for “Boeing view from above.”
Интересно, изображение Боинга они прямо загуглили тоже? Или совпадение? Первая картинка в выдаче «Боинг вид сверху» http://t.co/e5MyH07UWQ—
Максим Кац (@max_katz) November 14, 2014
It had the Malaysia Airlines logo in the wrong place.
In fact, it just looked like an ordinary Boeing 777 with the company’s own logo.
I may be wrong but proportions suggest the satellite 777 MH17 has the old Boeing house livery without the "777" title http://t.co/x57KNlxVAb—
Ross Hallam (@MrRossHallam) November 14, 2014
And it was shown at a distance of 31 miles from MH17 — not 250 miles, as Bilt claimed in his email.
The image also said that the Boeing was shot down at 1:19 a.m. London time — a full 12 hours before the disaster actually happened.
In fact, the photo dates back to at least October, when it appeared on a conspiracy theory forum attributed to “enthusiasts of Rusian [sic] Wikileaks.”
It also shows the plane being shot down over the rebel capital of Donetsk — and not the city of Snezhnoe, 50 miles to the east, where it was actually hit. obkon.ucoz.com
The Russian Union of Engineers turned out not to add up either. Ivan Andreyevsky, the “expert” quoted in the show, does not appear to have an engineering education. A quick analysis of his PhD turned up obvious signs of plagiarism.
After seeing the debunking, reporters from the Moskovsky Komsomolets tabloid asked the union’s head, Vladimir Saulyanov, whether they had checked the image for authenticity. “How could we check it?” Saulyanov said. “It came to us from the internet.” 1tv.ru
Mockery soon ensued. Several users posted photos of a Ukrainian Nazi flying saucer shooting down the plane.
РБ головного мозга (@belamova) November 14, 2014
This picture shows the fighter being flown by Ukrainian World War II nationalist leader Stepan Bandera, reviled in Russian state media for his influence on the Ukrainian far right.
Наш фотограф крупным планом запечатлел момент, когда украинский истребитель сбивал малайзийский Боинг http://t.co/5BLglmWMmR—
Lie News (@Lie_News) November 14, 2014
This one shows the plane painted in the style of traditional Ukrainian vyshivanka embroidery.
ПРАВДЫ НЕ СКРЫТЬ! На снимке видно, что крылья истребителя, сбившего Боинг, раскрашены в цвета украинской вышиванки! http://t.co/VfttMMu72i—
Дядюшка Шу (@Shulz) November 14, 2014
The scandal comes at an awkward time for Vladimir Putin, who is still making bold-faced denials of Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
RuNet Echo (@runetecho) November 15, 2014
The G20 summit in Australia this weekend has fast dissolved into a debate on what to do about a resurgent Russia.
British Prime Minister David Cameron raised the prospect of further European Union sanctions for the recent military columns seen in rebel-held east Ukraine, which NATO says came from Russia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel blamed Putin for the collapse of the ceasefire deal he helped broker in early September.
Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper greeted Putin by saying, “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you, you need to get out of Ukraine.” according to the Globe and Mail newspaper. Handout / Reuters
Putin’s public comments have been unrepentant. But he’ll have to do more to convince the rest of the world that he didn’t shoot down MH17. (This caption says “Channel 1 published the real group photo from the G20 summit.”)
Первый канал опубликовал подлинное групповое фото с саммита G20. http://t.co/zEvdi6O0MF—
Владимир Терехов (@Geschichter) November 15, 2014
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