MH17: Pro-Russian Rebel Confesses Firing on Plane by Mistake

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By Athena Yenko | July 24, 2014 1:35 PM EST

A pro-Russian rebel confesses with horror that they shoot down a Ukranian military aircraft, only to discover that the aircraft was a civilian one.

"'We hit a plane from Kiev,' our commanders told us. We thought we'd be fighting Ukrainian pilots landing in parachutes but instead we came across the corpses of civilians, the remains of bodies, along with suitcases and bags," a pro-Russian rebel (name withheld) told an Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, as reported by The Independent.

The rebel was reportedly interviewed at the Torez railway station where corpses are kept inside five refrigerated wagons.

"On Thursday, our commanders gave us orders to get on the truck with lots of arms and ammunition. Maybe 10 minutes earlier, we'd heard a big explosion in the sky. We'd 'hit a plane of the fascists from Kiev', they told us. They added that we should be on our guard because at least some of the crew had jumped with parachutes; white objects were seen. Maybe we'd have to fight and capture them," the rebel recalled.

He was ready for to attack enemies, but as he reached the crash site, he was horrified to see civilian corpses, including children.

"With my soldiers I tried to spot parachutes on the ground and the trees. I saw shreds of clothing in a clearing. I approached and saw the body of a little girl, not more than five years old. It was terrible."

Meanwhile, parents of Australian kids - Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8 - released a statement address to Ukraine, the politicians, the media, their friends and family.

Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris said that the kids were travelling with their grandfather Nick Norris.

"We live in a hell beyond hell. Our babies are not here with us - we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives. No one deserves what we are going through. Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky. No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis. No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick. No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other. This is a revelation that gives us some comfort," the statement reads.

They expressed gratitude to family and friends who had been supporting them since the disaster took place. They said that such show of love is what keeping them alive during this painful time.

They are appealing for the media to respect the privacy of their family and friends because "pain is not a story."

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