Malaysia Airline MH17: Ukraine Rebel Leader Claims Downed Plane Was Filled With Dead Bodies Before Takeoff

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By Anne Lu | July 21, 2014 12:29 AM EST

A pro-Russia separatist leader has claimed that the Malaysia Airline flight MH17 was filled with dead bodies even before it took off on Thursday.

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People light candles at the Malaysian embassy to commemorate the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine, in Kiev July 17, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

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The ill-fated Boeing 777 plane was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on Thursday when it was shot down at 10,000 metres above along the border between Ukraine and Russia. None of the 280 passengers and 15 crew members survived.

Ukraine and Russia have been pointing fingers at each other for the incident, with both claiming the other was to blame for the unprovoked attack of the commercial jet plane.

On Friday, rebel commander Igor Girkin from eastern Ukraine presented a conspiracy theory on the Web site Russkaya Vesna, saying that there were people at the plane’s crash site who told him a “significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh.”

According to the Associated Press, Girkin’s sources claimed that some of the corpses were already drained of blood and had smelt of decomposition.

Although Girkin, who is also known as Strelkov, admitted that he couldn’t confirm the said information, he was adamant that “Ukrainian authorities are capable of any baseness.”

He added that there was a large amount of blood serum and medications that were found in the wreckage in Ukraine, near the Russian border.

The plane might indeed have been carrying medications and blood serums since there were 108 doctors on board. The medical professionals were AIDS-HIV experts who were headed to the 20th international AIDS conference in Melbourne this July.

Read: Crashed MH17 Carried 108 AIDS Scientists and Researchers Heading to Melbourne

Girkin is allegedly a former Russian military intelligence agent.

Meanwhile, a report from Kyiv Post claimed that Ukraine’s security agency (SBU) had intercepted phone calls between Russia and members of terrorist groups, implying that the downing of MH17 was the fault of Russian-backed Cossack militants.

Read: Intercepted Phone Conversations Point to Groups of Russian Separatists as Alleged Mastermind of Downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 – Report

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People light candles at the Malaysian embassy to commemorate the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine, in Kiev July 17, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.
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