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Rinkēvičs: too many coincidences raise suspicion about separatists’ responsibility for the plane crash

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere are too many coincidences that raises suspicion about Pro-Russian separatists’ responsibility for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 catastrophe in Donbas, says Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, stating the need to secure an independent international investigation of this incident.

An independent international investigation is necessary. But even now there are plenty of indications that the plane was shot down. And if it is confirmed ‘the entire Ukrainian separatist movement will be considered terrorists’, – said the minister in his interview to Panorāma programme of LTV.

There are also a lot of questions for Russia, which has basically supplied separatists with anti-tank and anti-air launchers, says the minister. He also said that the commander of Ukrainian separatists had proudly reported this Thursday that yet another Ukrainian army aircraft had been shot down. However, after reports of the catastrophe of the Malaysian passenger airliner, Strelkov’s statements were hastily erased from social networks.

A lot that ‘this increases suspicion about responsibility of these people’, and one cannot imagine a situation for the European Union to continue cooperation with Russia in military technology field under such conditions – it would be madness, says the minister.

Director of Civil Aviation Agency Māris Gorodcovs has told Panorāma programme that the crashed plane was flying in international airspace, at 10 km altitude. Statistics show accidents at this altitude are equal to only 4% of all accidents.

He also notes it is not possible to shoot down a plane at this altitude using hand-held launchers, you stationary launchers. Gorodcovs adds that many countries employ an early warning system on their airliners that raise an alarm when a plane is targeted or shot at. Gorodcovs does not know whether or not the Malaysian plane was fitted with such systems.

According to initial information, there were 154 Dutch, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysian, 11 Indonesian, 6 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 5 Philippine and 1 Canadian passengers on board the crashed passenger plane. The nationality of the remaining passengers has not yet been determined, BBC reports.

BNN had previously reported that a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft was shot down in Ukraine on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. 280 passengers and 15 members of staff were on board the plane; no survivors.

Communications with Boeing 777, which was 10,000 km above ground over Ukraine, went down at 16:20. It is reported that the plane crashed near the village of Hrabove, not far from the Russian border.

This disaster has been confirmed by Ukrainian Interior Affairs Minister’s assistant Anton Gerashenko. According to him, the passenger aircraft was shot down by ‘terrorists’ in Donetsk.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    The only system that could have brought this airliner down was the highly-sophisticated radar and systems dependent BUK missile system. Nothing of this sophistication is in the hands of the separatists but it is proven that the Ukrainian Army had this system in the location. The airliner exploded 180 miles from the Russian border. Most damning of all; who gains.

    Not even the highly imaginative Western media has put forward a credible reason why, if the separatists even possessed such means, they would do so.

    On the other hand, the Kiev regime, already responsible for several thousand deaths since the ousting of the legitimate president Yanukovych, is on its knees. Defection, lack of training, food and salaries the Kiev’s armed forces are deserting in the hundreds.

    660,000 Ukrainians have already fled to Russia. There are growing anti-regime demonstrations spreading through Kiev and Ukraine. The baseball bat regime will stop at nothing to coerce the West to lend a hand.

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    • Janis says:

      1 It is not proven that the Ukrainian army had a BUK missile system in the area.

      2 The rebels previously claimed (and tweeted photos) of a BUK missile system that they possessed (even though they now deny it).

      3 Having just come back from a week in Kiev, I saw or heard no evidence of ‘growing anti-regime demonstrations in Kiev’.

      4 The plane crashed 50km from the Russian border (not180 miles).

      5 Unlike you, I do not know who shot down the plane – maybe it was the Ukrainian army or maybe it was the rebels. However, one possibility surely is that the rebels shot it down in mistake for a military plane? (They have shot down a military plane before killing 49 people on board.)

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      • mike walsh says:

        1. It has beyond all doubt. They admitted it.
        2. They did not: this was a fabrication, one a Niagara of them coming from the .
        3. My Ukrainian friends, of whom I have many scattered throughout Ukraine, sent me the articles and photographs picked up from Ukrainian media. Mothers protesting at their sons conscription, also at numerous Ukrainian Army bases.
        4. The plane WAS Hit 180 miles away. Maps are cheap. Buy one.
        5. I don’t know either but Kiev’s fingerprints are all over the windowsills.
        6. This would be the second airliner (Black Sea) shot down by trigger happy hapless Ukrainian Army.
        7. The separatists have never possessed any missile launcher capable of reaching over 10,000 feet. The airline was cruising at 35,000 feet.

        The missile launcher capable of reaching such altitude is a highly complex multifunctional system, including radar and requiring a number of highly skilled technicians. Not shoulder held SAMs.

        The truth will out but I will not hold my breath waiting for either retractions or apologies.

        Ramping up the rhetoric in support of America’s trade war with Russia, which goes against EU interests is all you are interested in. Not the truth.

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