Outrage at Moscow grows over ‘shambolic’ Flight 17 probe
Russia has their hands bloody here, but the lesson learned here should be not to fly over war zones.
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The probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has turned “shambolic,” according to international leaders, and an intercepted communication appears to capture Moscow directing Russian separatists in Ukraine to keep evidence out of the hands of objective investigators.
Since the plane went down over Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, killing all 298 aboard, separatists have kept investigators from the scene, seized the Boeing 777’s black boxes and even taken custody of corpses, packing them in body bags and onto refrigerated train cars. There have even been reports of looting from the bodies, and the credit cards of the dead used by ghoulish thieves.
“As anyone who has been watching the footage will know, this is still an absolutely shambolic situation,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said at a news conference. “The site is being treated more like a garden clean-up than a forensic investigation.”