World Bulletin / News Desk
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said hours before the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, the SA-11 missile system was moved by pro-Russian separatists through the area in eastern Ukraine where the event took place.
During an interview on a private TV, Kerry said "we know that they had an SA-11 system in the vicinity literally hours before the shoot-down took place."
Kerry stated they are sure that Ukrainians did not have such a system close to the crash site and now fingers are pointed towards the separatists concerning the downing of the civilian airliner.
Kerry added that there were social media records and intercepted conversations of separatists "talking about the transfer and movement and repositioning of the SA-11 system."
"It’s pretty clear that this is a system transferred from Russia in the hands of the separatists," he said.
He told of the recordings of a separatist who bragged about the shoot-down of a plane at the time, right after it took place.
"The self-appointed Defense Minister of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Mr. Igor Strelkov, posted a statement bragging on social media about having shot down an airliner, and then when it became apparent it was civilian, that particular posting was quickly removed," he added.
On another interview, Kerry said they knew for certain that pro-Russian separatists had been trained by Russians to be competent in the use of SA-11 missile systems.
Kerry added that there were more details pointing to the separatists, a 150-vehicle convoy including armored personnel carriers, tanks, rocket launches, and artillery transferred from Russia to the pro-Moscow separatists in the last month.
Kerry stated the trajectory record of the misslie launched at the MH17 revealed it to be SA-11 system as it hit the airliner at an altitude of 33,000 feet.
298 people were on board when the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down. International invesitgators have not been allowed to have a full unrestricted access to the crash site by pro-Russian separatists.
The UK, the Netherlands and the U.S. have urged Russia to facilitate OSCE monitors and international investigators to gain full access to the area.
UN Security Council to vote on Malaysian aircraft probe
The United Nations Security Council could vote Monday morning on a resolution demanding an international investigation with full access to the site of the Malaysian airliner crash in eastern Ukraine, including imposing of a cease-fire in that part of the country, UN diplomats said Sunday night after an emergency council meeting was convened to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Some UN diplomats tweeted Sunday night that the resolution would be voted on early Monday in the Security Council. According to a draft of the resolution, it provides that those responsible for shooting down the Malaysian Boeing 777 face justice, and that all countries contribute to the establishment of judicial accountability for all of the perpetrators.
Australia, which lost 37 of its citizens who were on the Malaysian MH-17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was the main author of the draft resolution. France and Lithuania co-sponsored it. And Australian diplomats were directly involved in negotiations with Russian UN's ambassador in New York.
But Vitaly Churkin who talked briefly to reporters Sunday night, cast doubts, expressing his country’s concern that this resolution "does not accurately reflect the need for an impartial, international investigation," The Associated Press reported.
British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant accused Moscow of delaying tactics by "proposing amendment after amendment" to delay passage of the resolution, the AP reported.
Grant told reporters the maneuver "looks like a typical Russian" delaying tactic.
"One can guess why they want delay," he said.
The Australian resolution calls for the full cooperation of all countries in the region, including Russia. It also orders pro-Russian separatists to ensure unimpeded access to the site crash astern Ukraine.
But Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that his country has proposed that the International Civil Aviation Organization lead the investigation.
The Australian proposal says that the organization will only "send a team to assist" local investigators in Ukraine.
The resolution also demands that armed groups who control the crash site "do not disturb debris and belongings or victims' remains," U.S. media reported late Sunday.
Without going into a detail on how long it would last, the Russian ambassador said "a cease-fire around the crash site" had been proposed by his country. The Russian ambassador said that Australia had accepted that proposal.
Pro-Russian separatists to hand over MH17's black boxes
Alexander Borodai, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said Sunday they will hand over the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (Flight MH17) to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
During a press conference, Borodai said they will only hand over the black boxes of the plane that downed on Thursday with 298 people on board to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) authorities and not the Ukrainian authorities.
Thirty-two OSCE Special Monitoring Mission personnel have arrived in Eastern Ukraine in the area controlled by pro-Russian separatists aiming to investigate the crash of the plane.Last Mod: 21 Temmuz 2014, 11:14