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Ukraine rebels ambush army convoy near MH 17 crash site

Ukraine rebels ambush army convoy near MH 17 crash site

Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have ambushed a government troop column, killing at least 10 soldiers, close to where flight MH17 crashed. A military spokesman confirmed 10 deaths but Ukrainian media say as many as 20 died in the overnight attack. The rebels say they destroyed more than 30 vehicles while unverified video shows bodies...

8 civilians die as fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

8 civilians die as fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants. Authorities in Luhansk said Monday that five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes. Three were killed in Donetsk as a result of clashes, the city's government...

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

The downing of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. Ukraine and Western governments believe pro-Russian rebels shot down MH17, using a Russia-supplied missile system. Moscow and the rebels have blamed Ukrainian forces for the plane crash. All 298 people on board -...

Int’l police get access to MH17 crash site

Int’l police get access to MH17 crash site

Malaysia's Prime Minister said on Sunday that an agreement had been reached with separatists in Ukraine to give international police access to the site where a Malaysian plane was downed and enable investigators to determine why the aircraft crashed, reports Reuters. A statement issued by Najib Razak's office said the agreement with separatist leader...

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment...

Australia, Netherlands start to secure crash site

Australia, Netherlands start to secure crash site

A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators walked the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down as their governments prepared police detachments that will try to protect the crash area and help bring the last of the victims home. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his country was ready to...

Russian businesses fear lasting damage from MH17 crash

Russian businesses fear lasting damage from MH17 crash

Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage. Throughout the Ukrainian crisis, US and European sanctions had mainly targeted a handful of individuals, sparing economic...

More bodies, 'huge piece of plane' discovered a week after MH17 disaster

More bodies, 'huge piece of plane' discovered a week after MH17 disaster

  Investigators have found more human remains and a huge section of a plane at the crash site of the downed flight MH17, an international monitor has claimed. The bodies have been marked with a white flag but have not been removed as investigators do not have the facilities to handle human remains, Michael Bociurkiw,...

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

  The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week yesterday arrived at a military base in the Netherlands - a nation in shock and sorrow. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 came down in an...

Ukraine rebels deny having missile

Ukraine rebels deny having missile

A leader of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine has told the BBC that his forces do not possess the Buk missile thought to have been used to bring down Malaysia airlines flight MH17. Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said that evidence that showed otherwise was "fake". All 298 people on...

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