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Circumstantial case building against Russia over downed Malaysian Airliner

White House administration beginning to build circumstantial case against Russia

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Video of a rocket launcher, missing one surface to air missile, leaving the launch site. Imagery showing the firing and Russian rebels calling for credit for the strike. Recordings have begun to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

John Kerry referenced this circumstantial case during an interview with Bob Schieffer of CBS’s Face The Nation in which he responded “A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence … it’s powerful here,” said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds Russian-supported rebels in eastern Ukraine responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with the Kremlin complicit in the deaths of nearly 300 passengers and crew members.

“This is the moment of truth for Russia,” said Kerry, leveling some of Washington’s harshest criticism of Moscow since the crisis in Ukraine began. “Russia is supporting these separatists. Russia is arming these separatists. Russia is training these separatists, and Russia has not yet done the things necessary in order to try to bring them under control,” he said.

Kerry took the Sunday shows clearly pointing a finger at the separatists for firing the missle that brought the plane down, killing nearly 300 passengers and crew. The Associated Press reports that one of their own journalists saw a missile launcher in rebel-held territory close to the crash site just a few hours before the plane went down.

Kerry points to the buildup of circumstantial evidence, which includes the imagery of the launch, knowing the trajectory of the missile, where it came from and the timing of the launch as well as authenticated voice identification of the separatists bragging about shooting it down afterward.

In a short phone call, a top rebel commander tells a Russian intelligence officer that rebel forces shot down a plane. Early Sunday morning, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, reported that experts had authenticated the calls. U.S. aviation safety experts are extremely disappointed of not having access to the “crime scene”. The experts believe the flight recorders will not be of much use as a result of the pilots actions are not under suspicion

Newly revealed recordings implicate rebels in an attempted cover-up at the crash site. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in Sunday news piece that he agrees that there is growing evidence that Russian backed separatists shot down Flight 17. He even went so far as to say “If President (Vladimir) Putin does not change his approach to Ukraine, then Europe and the West must fundamentally change our approach to Russia,”

During Kerry’s rounds Sunday interviews, he discussed our relations with Moscow is at a low ebb, emphasizing that it would be ridiculous to trust what the Kremlin says. Kerry hopes this incident would encourage our European allies to increase sanctions on Russia. Kerry discussed the Malaysian Airline incident during his appearances on CNN, Fox News, NBC and ABC.

 

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