Rebels hamper search operations at airliner wreckage scene: Ukrainian official

KIEV Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:38pm EDT

KIEV (Reuters) - Armed separatists are hindering search efforts at the site in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner came down on Thursday, the head of Ukraine's emergency services said.

"The search work is difficult because we are talking about a big radius ... but also because armed terrorists who are on the spot are hampering things," Serhiy Bochkovsky told journalists. He gave no details.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Separatists are buying time to get the Buk back across the Russian border.

Jul 17, 2014 4:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jbsds wrote:
Probably more like, trying to find and then hide the black boxes and destroy any other evidence of their complicity in downing the airline. At some point they will go oops, we missed. Big problem they have is, How do they explain having the Buks, if Russia is not directly involved in the civil unrest?

Jul 17, 2014 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vauthier wrote:
When did Russian military start to supply BUKs to the Russian separatists, and is there any idea how many have been supplied?

Jul 17, 2014 9:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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