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* U.S. says missile system brought in from Russia
* Many bodies said to be stored on refrigerated train
* Rebel treatment of victims' remains "grotesque" -Kerry
* Ukraine says separatists hamper access to crash site
* Britain says Russia faces "pariah" status
By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff
HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 20 U.S. Secretary of
State John Kerry laid out on Sunday what he called overwhelming
evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of Malaysia
Airlines flight MH17 and called rebels' behaviour "grotesque".
Kerry expressed horror at how pro-Moscow separatists at the
crash sites in eastern Ukraine treated the remains of victims
from Thursday's disaster, criticised Russian President Vladimir
Putin, and threatened "additional steps" against Moscow.
"Drunken separatists have been piling bodies into trucks and
removing them from the site," Kerry said on NBC television.
"What's happening is really grotesque and it is contrary to
everything President Putin and Russia said they would do."
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond echoed the
criticism, urging Moscow to ensure international investigators
had access to the crash sites. "Russia risks becoming a pariah
state if it does not behave properly," he told Sky television.
At the biggest crash site, where emergency workers had
bagged dozens of bodies on Saturday, all had been removed on
Sunday morning. Bloodstained military stretchers that had
carried them lay empty by the road, and rescue workers used a
crane to move wreckage to reach human remains trapped beneath.
As Ukraine accused the rebels of hiding evidence relating to
the shooting down of the airliner with the loss of 298 lives, a
pro-Russian separatist leader said items thought to be the
stricken Boeing's "black boxes" were now in rebel hands.
With Western anger rising at the apparently disrespectful
treatment of the bodies by the rebels controlling the widely
spread crash sites, nearly 200 corpses were taken to be stored
on a refrigerated train at Torez, 15 km (9 miles) away.
"It's corpses. They brought the bodies overnight," a duty
officer at the town's station told Reuters.
Officials from the Organization of Security and Cooperation
in Europe (OSCE) were able to inspect some railway wagons.
KERRY PRESENTS U.S. EVIDENCE
Moscow denies any involvement in shooting down the airliner
and has blamed the Ukrainian military. While stopping short of
direct blame on Moscow, Kerry put forward the most detailed U.S.
accusations so far that Russia provided the insurgents with the
sophisticated anti-aircraft systems used to down the aircraft.
The United States had seen supplies moving into Ukraine from
Russia in the last month, including a 150-vehicle convoy of
armoured personnel carriers, tanks and rocket launchers given to
the separatists, he said.
It had also had intercepted conversations about the transfer
to separatists of the Russian radar-guided SA-11 missile system
which it blames for the Boeing 777's destruction. "It's pretty
clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia,"
Kerry said in an interview on CNN.
"There's enormous amount of evidence, even more evidence
that I just documented, that points to the involvement of Russia
in providing these systems, training the people on them," Kerry
said on CBS.
The disaster has sharply deepened the Ukrainian crisis in
which the separatists in the Russian-speaking east have been
fighting government forces since protesters in Kiev forced out a
pro-Moscow president and Russia annexed Crimea in March.
The United States has already imposed sanctions on
individuals and businesses close to Putin but Kerry indicated
that President Barack Obama might go further. "The president is
prepared to take additional steps," he told Fox News, although
he ruled out sending in U.S. troops.
European Union ministers should be ready to announce a fresh
round of sanctions at a meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs
Council this week, said a statement from British Prime Minister
David Cameron's office, issued after telephone calls with French
President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"They ... agreed that the EU must reconsider its approach to
Russia and that foreign ministers should be ready to impose
further sanctions on Russia when they meet on Tuesday," it said.
The leaders also agreed to press Putin to ensure
investigators had free access to the crash site.
While Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued a renewed
appeal for backing from the international community, some
European nations, with an eye to their trade links with Russia,
have been less enthusiastic about confronting Moscow.
Kerry challenged the Europeans to be more assertive. "It
would help enormously if some countries in Europe that have been
a little reluctant to move would now recognise this wakeup call
and join the United States and President Obama in taking the
lead, and also stepping up," he said.
The United Nations Security Council was considering a draft
resolution to condemn the attack, demand armed groups allow
access to the crash sites and call on states in the region to
cooperate with an international investigation. It could be put
to a vote as early as Monday.
The Netherlands, whose citizens made up two-thirds of the
298 on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, said it was
"furious" about the manhandling of corpses strewn over open
country and asked Ukraine for help to bring "our people" home.
A spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council, Andriy Lysenko,
accused the rebels of a cover-up. "The terrorists are doing
everything to hide the evidence of the involvement of Russian
missiles in the shooting down of that airliner," he told a news
conference in Kiev.
He said the rebels had taken debris and bodies from the
crash site in trucks, tampering with a scene that investigators
need to be secure to have a chance of determining what and who
caused the plane to plunge into the steppe.
A separatist leader said items thought to be the "black box"
voice and data recorders from the airliner had been found.
"They are under our control," Aleksander Borodai, prime
minister of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, told a
MEMORIAL AND PRAYERS
OSCE observers visited part of the crash site for a third
day on Sunday. Just before their arrival, emergency workers
found parts of three more bodies and put them in black body bags
on the side of a road.
At the site where the cockpit fell, in a field of sunflowers
near the village of Razsypnoye, residents had made a small
memorial shrine of flowers, candles in tiny jars and brightly
coloured teddy bears.
Photocopied pictures of children and families killed in the
disaster, apparently from news coverage of the victims, had been
set out on the grass.
All bodies, including that of a woman who had lain naked
under a tarp about 50 metres away, had been removed.
"There were five or six over here, and two or three over
there," said a young man with a rifle guarding the site, who
declined to give his name. "They took the bodies away to the
morgue. Firstly, they were decomposing. And secondly, the smell
In the Netherlands, prayers were said for the dead. Priests
lit a candle for each of the 298 victims at St Bavo's Cathedral
Fighting, meanwhile, continued. Ukrainian positions were
fired on twice from across the border with Russia overnight, the
Ukrainian armed forces said on Sunday.
(Additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Natalia Zinets and
Elizabeth Piper in Kiev, Jim Loney, Doina Chiacu, Ayesha Rascoe
in Washington, William James in London and Nicholas Vinocur in
Paris; Writing by Giles Elgood and David Stamp; Editing by Tom