David Cameron says EU will blacklist the “cronies and oligarchs” around Vladimir Putin as part of “a new range of hard-hitting economic sanctions”.
The train carrying the bodies has left Donetsk and is on its way to Kharkiv, where Ukrainian and Dutch recovery teams are waiting.
Heavy fighting broke out in Donetsk between rebels and the Ukrainian military, killing five people. Many civilians evacuated from the rebel stronghold, and all were told to stay indoors. A convoy of separatist forces was seen leaving the city.Russian ambassador to Malaysia Lyudmila Vorobyeva has told media in Kuala Lumpur she is “convinced” the separatist rebels were not behind the shooting down of the plane.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution demanding access to the crash site and an independent investigation,as well as a ceasefire around the area. The US ambassador accused Russia of telling separatists “We have your backs,” and Russia’s envoy implied the US and Ukraine were turning “tragedy into a farce”. Dutch prosecutors opened a war crimes investigationinto the downing of flight MH17.
Separatists handed two MH17 black boxes to a Malaysian delegation, after a separatist leader made a deal with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
US President Barack Obama said “the burden is on Russia”to use its influence and ensure full access to the crash site,as well as to allow a “immediate and transparent investigation”. The US reiterated its assertion that a SA-11 missile system shot down MH17 from separatist-controlled territory, and its suspicion of Russian aid.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said separatist should be designated “terrorists” by the international community, and denied aclaim from Russia’s defense ministry that a Ukrainian warplane was flying near MH17 at the time of the crash. Russian army officials denied providing a Buk missile system to separatists.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivered an address after speaking with several world leaders and called for a “humanitarian corridor” to all for recover and investigation. He stopped short of calling on rebels to disarm, saying the disaster should not be used for “narrow, political reasons”.