Kiev Says Cannot Provide Security Guarantees to Experts at Crash Site
KIEV, July 29 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine's security troops said Tuesday they cannot provide security guarantees to international experts working at the scene of the Boeing crash in Donetsk Region, controlled by independence supporters.
A group of international experts and policemen that arrived on Monday in the Ukrainian city of Torez where the plane crashed on July 17 refused to work at the scene due to security concerns and decided to return to Donetsk, a representative of the OSCE delegation told RIA Novosti.
A spokesman from Ukraine's National Security information center, Andriy Lysenko, claimed earlier that the crash site was still controlled by militia in the Donetsk People's Republic who banned the experts' access to the site.
"A soon as we manage to get through Krasnyi Luch or Antratsyt [Luhansk Region] and when they [militia] leave the area, international experts will be able to work there. Now it is dangerous there," Lysenko said.
Donetsk militia says that Kiev's military actions aimed at withdrawing independence supporters from the Boeing crash site "proves that Kiev is trying to destroy the evidence of the crimes committed by its military."
Donetsk People's Republic authorities confirmed Monday that they are ready to create all the conditions for the experts' work at the site. He accused Kiev of hampering the investigation saying it is deliberately concealing the reasons of the plane crash.
The Malaysia Airlines' passenger plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17 when it crashed near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board the airliner died, including 283 passengers and 15 crew members.
In October 2001, Ukraine's military shot down over the Black Sea a Russian Tupolev Tu-154 en route from Novosibirsk to Tel Aviv, killing 64 passengers and 12 crew members.
Ukraine had then denied the responsibility of its armed forces until Russia presented irrefutable evidence that the aircraft had been hit by a Ukrainian ground-to-air missile.
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