Saturday, July 19, 2014

MH17 (VIDEO) update - plane crash wreckage offers glimpse into victims' lives

Cameron: culprits who shot down MH17 must be held to account Prime minister speaks after chairing Cobra meeting on Malaysia Airlines jet brought down over Ukraine on Thursday

David Cameron has said that those responsible for the "absolutely shocking" shooting down of the Malysia Airlines jet over Ukraine "must be held to account".
Speaking after a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee, the prime minister also insisted it was too early to know for certain exactly who was to blame for the attack that has killed almost 300 passengers.

MH17 UPDATE VIDEO & PICTURE 'This baby's death is on your conscience, Putin - damn you for centuries': Ukrainian government releases horrific picture of infant lying in a field that it says was killed when rebels shot down MH17

Powerful: The BUK surface-to-air missile system (like this one) that is believed to have shot down flight MH17 is an old Soviet-built weapon designed to engage light aircraft, cruise missiles and drones
  • Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over territory held by Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine
  • Body parts and wreckage from flight, headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, spread over nine-mile area
  • Shocking photograph released by Ukrainian government adviser shows an infant victim lying on its own in a field
  • Ukrainian official stepped up rhetorical attack on the Kremlin, accusing Putin of having the infant's blood on his hands
  • Vladimir Putin said that it was the fault of the Ukrainian government for failing to reach a compromise with separatists
  • Exchange fuelled fears that both sides in the Russia-Ukraine conflict are using the crash to further their own agendas
  • Barack Obama accused Russia of supplying arms to the separatist rebels which blasted flight MH17 out of the sky
  • 10 Britons and 189 Dutch have been confirmed dead, along with 27 Australians, 44 Malaysians and one U.S. citizen

Two Australians on downed MH17 lost relatives on missing flight MH370

Pieces of wreckage of the Malaysia Airli
Pieces of wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 a day after it crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images
Two of the 28 Australians killed when MH17 was shot down over Ukraine were members of a family who lost two other relatives when MalaysiaAirlines flight MH370 disappeared in March, it has emerged.
Kaylene Mann, from Queensland, lost her brother and sister-in-law, Rod and Mary Burrows, when the plane vanished after diverting from its Beijing to Kuala Lumpur route. On Friday, she learned her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, and Rizk's husband, Albert – both estate agents – had been on board the flight downed over Ukraine. "It's just ripped our guts again," Mann's brother, Greg Burrows, told reporters.