Australia Seeks to Secure MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine

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Malaysian investigators along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, examine a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, July 23, 2014.
Malaysian investigators along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, examine a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, July 23, 2014.
Malaysian investigators along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, examine a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, July 23, 2014.

Australia has sent 50 police officers to London in anticipation of deploying them to eastern Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a proposed international team.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said foreign ministers from Australia and The Netherlands will go to Kyiv to iron out the details of deploying such a team, under U.N. authority, to secure the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine.

Meanwhile, two more planes are due to take off from Ukraine for the Netherlands, carrying dozens more victims of the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 last week.  All 298 people on board were killed.

Who downed MH17?

Earlier Thursday, Russia called on the United States to prove that the passenger jet was shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.  Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov asked the U.S. to produce proof that it has technical data and satellite photos to back the accusation.

U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that a Russian SA-11 “Buk” missile downed the aircraft and that ill-trained rebels likely fired the missile believing the aircraft was Ukrainian.

Black boxes intact

Meanwhile, investigators have found no evidence that either of the plane’s two black boxes were tampered with, the Dutch Safety Board, which is coordinating the probe, said.

In a statement Thursday, the Board said the data from the Boeing 777’s flight data recorder had been successfully downloaded by investigators at Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch.

World leaders had expressed concern that the black boxes, which could contain information critical for reconstructing what brought down the airliner, may have been tampered with by rebels controlling the region in which the aircraft crashed last week.

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  1. It all goes to who controls the Ukraine. American and EU interests? Or Russia. Why? The Main Geo-political reason has to do with the enormous amount of gas and oil in the eastern Ukraine.pure and simple. Also there is more information coming out every day that the Israeli government/Mossad hijacked Malaysian Flight 370 back in March and may have been involved in the tragedy of Malasian Flight 17 which was enroute to Australia from the Netherlands. The security arrangements at Schiphol international airport are run and owned by the Israelis. The Malaysian government has been highly critical of Israeli policies toward Palestine in the past.and have accused them of genocide and crimes aginst humanity at the War Crimes court in Kualar Lumpar,Malaysia. Alsothe area around Gaza and surrounding water has oil and gas.

  2. Israel also has strategic interests in Ukraine. There are major military electronic industries in and around Crimea,Ukraine that supplies the electronics to the IDF( Israeli Defense Force) and there are over 40,000 jews living and working in the Crimea mostly for these electronic industries and financial,banking institutions,missile productions(!?) and weapon factories in the port city of Odessa.

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