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Eastern Ukraine

Dutch say need to know MH17 missile launch site to prosecute

Dutch prosecutors said yesterday they need to know where a missile that may have shot down flight MH17 was fired from in eastern Ukraine before criminal charges could be laid. "When we know from where it was fired, then we can find out who controlled that area," and possibly prosecute, Dutch chief investigator Fred Westerbeke told journalists in Rotterdam. "The most likely scenario was that the plane was shot down from the ground," he said. Dutch authorities have taken the lead in...

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...

Leadership and a downed plane

Leadership and a downed plane

The tragic downing of flight MH17 is now a test of leadership. While some politicians have demonstrated respect for lives lost and reacted with restraint, others have sought to capitalise on tragedy to propel self-serving, national and geopolitical interests. The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine once again reminded that the...

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10:00am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and Thursday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people...

Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence

Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence

Pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday and sought to join Russia, undermining upcoming presidential elections, strengthening the Kremlin's hand and putting pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the separatists following a referendum on self-rule. Russia signaled it has no intention of subsuming eastern Ukraine the way it annexed Crimea in March....

Ukraine Crisis

Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin took a victory lap yesterday in his first visit to Crimea since its annexation by Russia, as fighting in eastern Ukraine left 21 dead just days ahead of a separatist vote. The visit drew a sharp rebuke from authorities in Kiev, who accused the Russian strongman of stoking tensions with his...

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