Former Russian military intelligence officer, Igor Girkin, also known as Igor Strelkov in his current incarnation as a Ukrainian rebel, has now confirmed that the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was a western plot to discredit their movement:
A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.This new information is coupled with news that the rebels have restricted access to the crash site and are preventing an international team of investigators from viewing the debris:
The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that "a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh," adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.
A spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said a team of 24 international observers had seen people moving bodies and putting them in body bags. The team was sharply restricted in what it could do and see, he said.In response, Grikin has accused those "Fascist" Ukrainians in Kiev of:
Rebels “have what they describe as experts, so-called experts here,” OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said. “They’ve brought body bags and they’re moving the bodies to the side of the road, as far as we can tell.”
“We don’t know who they are,” Bociurkiw said of the people moving the bodies. “We’ve explained who we are and what we need to do, but we’re basically, our movements are being quite controlled at the moment.”
"Ukrainian authorities are capable of any baseness."Yep. That'll do it. All solved.
He claimed that a large amount of blood serum and medications were found in the wreckage.
And while Putin hands over world class surface to air missiles to any Tea Party type nationalistic idiot who sides with him, we still have folks at this site defending him.
11:21 AM PT: UPDATE: Here's a video from the most excellent Vice reporter, Simon Ostrovsky, on how the rebels are trying to preserve the crash site...by throwing the debris into a dump truck.
12:57 PM PT: Warning/Trigger alert! That video above contains graphic footage. h/t AnnetteK.
2:41 PM PT: The wholesale destruction of the crash site appears to be underway:
"Specialists with distinct Russian accents assisted the rebels who are also 'seeking large transports to carry away plane fragments to Russia,' the Ukrainian government said in a statement released Saturday."