This action expands a prohibition of U.S. flight
operations issued by the FAA in April, over the
Crimean region of Ukraine and adjacent areas of
the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
No scheduled U.S. airlines are currently
flying routes through this airspace.
The Pentagon said on Friday it is unlikely that
pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine could
obtain or operate the sophisticated missile
system allegedly used to shoot down the Malaysia
Airlines Flight 17 without Russian help.
A senior military official reported a U.S. radar
system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn
on the flight path of Flight 17 right before the
jet went down and a second system saw a heat
signature, which would indicate a missile rising
from the ground into the air at the time the
airliner was hit.
Ukraine's intelligence agency reported it had
intercepted phone calls from Ukrainian
separatists in the country's east of Malaysian
Airlines Flight 17 plane crash. Ukraine's state
security agency (S.B.U.) released an edited
version of audio tapes between separatist rebels
and Russian military intelligence to the news
media. S.B.U. has identified the callers in one
part of the conversation as rebel commander Igor
Bezler and Russian intelligence official Vasili
Igor Bezler is a pro-Russian leader whose group
is currently controlling the local police
department in Horlivka which is a city in the
Donetsk Oblast (province) of eastern Ukraine.
The Security Service of Ukraine claims that
until 2002 Bezler served in detachments of the
Russian General Staff GRU retiring as a
Bezler - "Just now, just
now, plane has been shot down. Group Minera. It
fell down beyond Yenakievo.
Geranin - Pilots? Where are the pilots?
Bezler – Set off to search for the shot down
plane and take the pictures of it. A plume of
smoke is visible.
Geranin – How many minutes ago?
(After inspecting the scene of the plane crash
it is clear they shot down a civilian aircraft)
It Is Believed This BUK Surface-To-Air
Missile Launcher Was The Missile Launcher That
Brought Down Flight 17. It Was Loaded On A
Flatbed Truck And Made Its Getaway Back To
Bezler – About 30 minutes ago.
Grek – Yes Major.
Major – So that were those from Chernukhinsk who
shot down the plane. From Chernukhin check point,
cossacs that are nearby Chernukhino. The plane broke
into pieces in the air, close to Petropavlovskaya mine.
There is the first two hundredth (death), we have found
the first tow hundredth. It’s a civilian.
Grek – How are things going there?
Major – Well we are 100 percent sure that it was a
Grek – Are there a lot of people?
Major – F..ck! The debris was falling straight into the
Grek – What plane is that?
Major – I havn’t figured out yet. I haven’t got close to
the main wreckage. Now I’m nearby the place where first
bodies started falling. Here are remnants of internal
brackets, chairs, bodies.
Grek – Are there any weapons?
Major – Nothing at all. Civilian belongings, medical
scraps, towels, toilet paper.
Grek – Are there any documents
Major – Yes. One belonging to a student from Indonesia.
From Thompson University.
Militant – On TV they say like it is a Ukrainian AN-26,
a transport plane. But the writing says Malaysian
Airlines. What was it doing over the territory of
Kozitsyn – Well then it was bringing spies. Why the hell
were they flying? This is war going on.
Malaysia Airlines Media Statement - With immediate
effect, all European flights operated by Malaysia
Airlines will be taking alternative routes avoiding the
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was on a scheduled
flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur went down in
eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines confirms that the
aircraft did not make a distress call.
The usual flight route was earlier declared safe by the
International Civil Aviation Organization. International
Air Transportation Association has stated that the
airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to
As a result of Russia and Ukraine war over the control
of the Crimean Peninsula and the number of planes that
have been shot down the Ukrainian Ministry of
Infrastructure announced on Friday that the airspace
over Donetsk, Luhansk and part of Kharkiv where rebels
are operating had been closed indefinitely.
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said he
is "deeply concerned" that the crash site is being
tampered with. It has been reported that the
personal effects of the passengers have been
rummaged through and taken by the Russian-backed
separatists. It is also been reported that the
aircraft’s data and cockpit voice recorders have
been located by the separatist and turned over to