First OSCE investigators to the scene retreat after hour-long standoff with armed separatists who fired warning shots

A unit of heavily armed rebels blocked the 30-strong team from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), cordoning off a large part of the crash site. The inspectors retreated after an hour-long standoff, having been unable to gain access. They were sent on their way by warning shots fired by the rebel unit commander.

“We will keep coming back tomorrow and the next day and the next day,” said OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw. “Tomorrow will be a crunch day. There are a lot of experts from the Netherlands and Malaysia gathering in Kiev as well as relatives. The bodies are starting to bloat and decay. An expert team is clearly needed. There is a lot to be done in a short amount of time.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/mh17-crash-pro-russia-rebels-block-access-ukraine

4 Comments

  1. walt

    Roman, IMPORTANT ! There might be a way of getting full access to crash site. I am not on twitter and hope you will relay this message to OSCE

    As you may know everything gets slowed down in a corrupt environement in order for the person in charge to extract a bribe….. This I know,… but did not realise untill I talked to a Ukrainian friend who explained why the terrorist are holding up bodies, for a ransom. It’s business really. Maybe OSCE knows this, maybe not.

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    1. Roman

      That’s certainly part of the culture here, but I think the crash’s high profile has but security of the site under the tight control of the Kremlin. I would guess that responsibility goes Putin->Bez->Local Commander.

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        1. walt

          here’sw a theory why bodies are taken,

          Thomas C. Theiner @noclador from twitter

          The victims of #MH17 are full of metal shrapnel from #Russia’s Buk missile… So #Putin will have them cremated. Because: magnets!

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