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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Russian-led terrorists moved bodies to 'perform autopsies', says Ukraine

Published on Jul 20, 2014 10:34 AM
 
Members of the Ukrainian Emergency Ministry carry a body at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region on July 19, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Ukrainian government has claimed that Russian-led terrorists moved 38 bodies of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash victims to the morgue in Donetsk.

According to the latest posting on the web portal of the Ukrainian government, Russian-led terrorists were obstructing the launch of an investigation into the crash in Ukraine, Bernama reported.

"They were preventing access by the international community and foreign governments to the location of the crash.

"The government was informed that the terrorists moved 38 bodies of the victims to the morgue in Donetsk, where the 'experts' with Russian accent claimed that they intend to perform autopsies.

"The terrorist groups are also seeking to obtain large cargo transport to move the remnants of the aircraft to Russia," it said.

The website further said: "The terrorists, with Russia's support were attempting to destroy the evidence of this international crime.

"We urge the international community to oblige Russia to withdraw its terrorists from Ukraine and to allow the Ukrainian and international experts to hold a comprehensive investigation on the tragedy," it added.

"The (Ukrainian) Government provided all necessary technical equipment and personnel to hold the investigation and forensic examinations, as well as all means to repatriate the victims' bodies to their respective countries.

"But at this stage, the Russian-led terrorist groups prevent this from happening," the website said.

Flight MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport when it crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday.

It was reported to have been shot down by pro-Russian separatists.

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