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    Malaysian Transport Minister to Ukraine to Investigate Crash

    Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (R) speaks during a news conference at a hotel near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, July 19, 2014. At left is Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
    Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (R) speaks during a news conference at a hotel near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, July 19, 2014. At left is Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

    Malaysia’s transport minister is heading to Ukraine to join officials of his government already there preparing to assist in the investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

    Malaysia is expressing alarm that the site, where a passenger jet of its flag carrier was apparently shot down by a missile, is not secure, and that bodies and critical evidence may have been tampered with.

    Speaking before he left for Kyiv, the Malaysian transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai, told reporters his government is deeply concerned about the situation in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.

    “Any action that prevents us from learning the truth about what happened to MH17 cannot be tolerated. Failure to stop such interference would be a betrayal to the lives that we lost,” he said.

    If the rebels do not allow the Malaysians to enter the crash site, Liow said, “that would be inhumane.”

    The Malaysian official said his government is asking the United Nations to arrange a cease-fire and is appealing to Ukraine’s government to negotiate with the rebels to arrange a safe corridor to the disputed area.

    “And this must be done immediately. It must be done fast so that we can retrieve the human bodies as soon as possible,” Liow said.

    The Ukrainian government is accusing Russia of helping separatist insurgents with destroying evidence at the farmland site of Flight 17.

    Ukrainian officials allege that several dozen bodies have been taken to a morgue in Donetsk, a city controlled by the insurgents, and that autopsies were to be performed by “specialists with clearly Russian accents.”

    Reporters in the area on Saturday say armed rebels fired warning shots to prevent journalists from reaching the scene of the crash.

    Ukraine and the United States say the rebels on Thursday launched a surface-to-air missile hitting the Boeing 777 and killing all 298 people aboard.

    The plane was on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

    For Malaysia Airlines it is the second huge blow of the year and has raised questions about whether the flag carrier can survive.

    Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, still has not been found despite a major multi-national search in waters off Australia after it veered far off course.


    Steve Herman

    Steve Herman is VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, based at the State Department.

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    by: Ripon from: Bangladesh, South Asia
    July 19, 2014 7:11 PM
    Why doesn't Malaysia/Malaysian Airline sue in International Crime Court against such brutal mass murder instead?

    The court will order for a thorough investigation. All the relevant corners will then have strong ground in investigating the murder.

    At present, Russians treat such investigation as an outside unwanted pressure & tries best to hide or abolish proofs.

    Ukraine alone can't do much, Malaysia should keep this on mind. It shouldn't expect much solely from Ukraine.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    July 19, 2014 10:26 AM
    THE WISE MAN said it; .. The Ukraine, US, EU, and NATO countries knew that a Ukraine (unit A-1402) anti-aircraft missile defense regiment had been overrun on 06-29-2014, and looted by pro-separatists, or Ukraine right-wing militias, that had (PUK missile defense systems)......

    PS; .. IF the Ukraine, US, EU, and NATO countries knew this on 06-29-2014... then they are also responsible for not telling the worlds airlines of this dangerous occurrence.... and have a part in this airline disaster..... (ALSO), the Ukraine government right-wing militias has been in control of some of these (PUK) missile defense systems, that the Ukraine, US, EU, and NATO countries know about...... (and Ukraine has over (30) of these (PUK) missile defense systems, with some units set up by the Russian border anticipating a Russian air attack)......

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