Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 – UN Security Council Authorises Investigation. But Will Russia Cooperate?

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Australia’s resolution is passed, the train carrying the dead is moving … but will Russia and its rebel allies actually cooperate with the investigation? Will they produce the murder weapon?

THE UN Security Council has unanimously backed Australia’s draft resolution demanding full access for investigators to the Malaysia Airlines jet crash site in eastern Ukraine…

Other Security Council members, including the US, the UK and France, applauded Australia’s leadership on the disaster.

The vote confirmed Russia’s support for the UN resolution… However speaking after the resolution was passed, Russia’s representative to the Council, Vitaly Churkin, deflected responsibility for the crash saying it was the result of an “armed clash in Ukraine’’…

Malaysia’s Prime Minister … said that as part of an agreement he reached by phone with rebel leader Alexander Borodai, independent international investigators will be given “safe access’’ to the site…

Meanwhile, the remains of 282 of the crash victims were being moved by train … to the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, where [the train] will be met by senior officials from Australia and other nations. From there, they will be flown to Amsterdam…

“I must stress that although an agreement has been reached, there remain a number of steps required before it is completed,’’ Mr Najib warned.

UPDATE

I can’t see how the block box will answer the most critical questions, which is why the delay in handing even them over says plenty that’s bad:

THE black box flight recorders from the doomed Malaysian Airways flight MH17 were finally handed over to Malaysia early today

The two black boxes were handed over after hours of talks and one earlier aborted attempt. It is not clear why they were not passed over earlier.

And does this mean the pro-Russian militias are finally cooperating – or that anything incriminating Russia has been removed?

The three major crash sites of the aircraft were left open to the public late yesterday with militia troops pulling out totally leaving the blackened wreckage and personal belongings of its passengers out in the elements. No international investigator or observer was there to secure and preserve the crime site yesterday.

One rebel driving away said there was nothing left to guard as far as they were concerned and the team of international aviation experts, including three Australians could do what they like.

Is Russia trying to minimise its responsibility in the rebel-held area?

Late yesterday News Corp Australia watched as columns of tanks and Armoured Personnel Carries many flying the Russian flag drove at high speed away from the self-proclaimed capital of the Donestsk People’s Republic.

UPDATE 2

But how much evidence can Russia really hide? Justin Bronk, an analyst at the Royal United Services Institute in London, has tweeted several examples of photographic evidence that he says shows MH17 was brought down by a missile strike. Here’s one example:

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Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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