Tuesday, October 21, 2014

21/10/2014: Two Articles on Ukrainian Conflict

Two items relating to Ukrainian crisis worth noting today.

First an English version of the earlier De Spiegel article on German federal authorities concluding that it was likely that MH17 was shot down by the Eastern Ukrainian separatists using the BUK launcher they obtained from the seized Ukrainian military base: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/malaysia-airlines-mh17-rebels-shot-down-plane-seized-111727238.html#vzXgemW Note: this is still speculative, in so far as we do not have conclusive evidence as to where the BUK came from, nor in fact do we have full evidence on the rest of the event.

Second, Human Rights Watch issued a report: http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/10/20/ukraine-widespread-use-cluster-munitions that provides evidence that Ukrainian Government used cluster munitions against civilians in East Ukraine. The report also references on several occasions the potential use of such munitions by the separatists, although in all cases, HRW does qualify such references as not being confirmed. What is confirmed, however, is that Kiev forces used cluster munitions.
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