Showing posts with label Malaysia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Malaysia. Show all posts

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Bodies leave Ukraine war zone, truce called at MH17 crash site

A train carrying the remains of 280 people killed in the Malaysian plane disaster was finally allowed to leave a rebel-held region in eastern Ukraine as the militants declared a truce Tuesday around the crash site.


Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly shot out of the sky, pro-Russian separatists conceded to a furious international clamour for the bodies and the plane´s black boxes to be handed over to investigators.


The devices, which record cockpit activity and flight data, were handed to Malaysian officials by the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People´s Republic, Alexander Borodai, in front of scores of journalists.


"We will order a ceasefire in an area of 10 kilometres around" the site of the disaster, which killed all 298 people on board the plane, he said.


Meanwhile, after days of bitter wrangling, the rebels released the bodies of the dead.


Loaded on a train, they will arrive in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv Tuesday before being put on a plane to the Netherlands, where the flight to Kuala Lumpur originated and which suffered the greatest loss, with 193 citizens killed in the crash.


The rebel concessions came after US President Barack Obama insisted that Moscow force the insurgents it is accused of backing to cooperate with an international probe into the disaster.


Moscow, which has drawn ire for failing to rein in the rebels, backed a UN Security Council resolution condemning the downing of the plane and demanding access to the crash site.


A senior Russian defence ministry official insisted that "Russia did not give the rebels Buk missile systems or any other kinds of weapons or military hardware".

Friday, 18 July 2014

Ukraine PM says those behind jet downing should face Hague tribunal

Ukraine´s prime minister said Friday that pro-Russian separatist rebels that Kiev believes shot down a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board should face an international tribunal The Hague.


"Yesterday´s terrible tragedy has altered our lives. The Russians went too far," Interfax-Ukraine quoted Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as saying.


"This is an international crime for which they should face an international tribunal in The Hague.


UNSC calls for ‘full, thorough’ probe into Malaysia plane disaster

The UN Security Council on Friday demanded a full, independent and international probe into the apparent shooting down of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine that killed 298 people on board.


"The members of the Security Council called for a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines and for appropriate accountability," the council said in a unanimous declaration. 

Ukraine separatist leader blames Kiev for downing plane

Separatist leader Aleksander Borodai blamed the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner in eastern Ukraine on the country´s government forces.


"Apparently, it´s a passenger airliner indeed, truly shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force," Borodai told Russia´s state-run Rossiya 24 TV broadcaster.


Kiev denied the involvement of Ukraine´s armed forces. (Reuters)


Obama calls leaders of Ukraine, Malaysia about downed plane

US President Barack Obama called the leaders of Ukraine and Malaysia on Thursday to discuss the shooting down of an airliner carrying 298 people over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.


Obama spoke to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as he flew to New York on Air Force One, amid a crisis over the downing of the Boeing 777 plane operated by Malaysia Airlines.


White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters further details of the call would be released later.

Some 100 on board crashed Malaysia flight were AIDS workers: Reports

As many as 100 of those killed on a Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine were delegates heading to Australia for a global AIDS conference, reports said Friday.


The Australian broadsheet and the Sydney Morning Herald both said that more than one-third of the nearly 300 who died were AIDS researchers, health workers and activists. The reports could not be confirmed.