Footage confirms intent, says PM
TONY Abbott says new vision secured by News Corp Australia of the MH17 crash site shows the “enormity” of the tragedy and highlights it was not an accident.
The Prime Minister was one of a number of politicians and people close to the investigation to yesterday react to the footage, which the Russians quickly dismissed as “misinterpreted” and “no proof the plane was shot down”.
The video, shot within two hours of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane, showed Russian- backed rebels searching for a Ukrainian air force jet they thought they had just shot down using a groundto- air missile system.
The film records their dismay as they minutes later discover the aircraft is a commercial airliner.
They then proceed to ransack the bags of the victims, including Australians.
Mr Abbott said the new footage highlighted the enormity of what happened.
“It highlights the fact that this was an atrocity, it was in no way an accident,” the Prime Minister told ABC News 24.
“They may not have known that they were shooting down a civilian passenger plane, but they were deliberately shoot- ing out of the sky what they knew was a large aircraft. There was a reckless indifference, if you like, to where that missile was going and plainly rebels don’t get hold of this kind of weaponry by accident.”
A spokesman for the Russian Ambassador to Australia, Vladimir Morozov, told News Corp Australia Russia believed the video had been misinterpreted by the media and simply showed local people responding to the incident.
“We don’t think there was anything new in this video and it has been translated wrong and misinterpreted by the media,” the spokesman said.
“It doesn’t prove those people in the video shot down MH17.” Ambassador Morozov is in Moscow and was unavailable for direct comment.
News Corp Australia had three independent Russian and Ukrainian speakers translate the 17- minute video.
A video still showing a man going through a bag among the wreckage of flight MH17.