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  • Photos from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, in Ukraine (warning: graphic images)

    Photos from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, in Ukraine (warning: graphic images)

    Images from Reuters' Maxim Zmeyev show the devastation at the site of the crashed passenger jet, which U.S. officials say was brought down by a missile strike. Posted by Xeni Jardin.

    Armed pro-Russian separatists stand at the sprawling, burned site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.

    A Ukrainian interior ministry official said the Malaysian airliner MH-17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard. Senior U.S. officials confirm the plane was shot down, based on intelligence capabilities monitoring the area.

    The passenger jet did not report any problems before disappearing from flight radar.

    Hundreds of bodies appear to be scattered around the smoking wreckage of this passenger jet, which crashed in a grassy field, a Reuters reporter said. At the time these images were published by the news agency, an emergency services rescue worker said at least 100 bodies had so far been found at the scene, near the village of Grabovo, and that debris from the wreckage was spread across an area up to about 15 km (9 miles) in diameter.

    Click on each image for larger size. Warning: some images include images of the dead.

    Previously: "Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 reported shot down in Ukraine near Russian border" Photos: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev


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    1. Fucking Assholes...(which could apply to any number of "fighters" in many various countries at the moment).

    2. Boing Boing, you have just published images of the dead bodies of loved ones only moments after the event. They probably haven't even been identified yet. Please take them down. Have a little respect.

    3. I agree with this entirely. Photos such as this are not "news." It is more akin to trying to see dead bodies when you drive by an auto accident. Seeing these pictures just says: "Yup, a plane crashed. Debris everywhere." We don't need to see this. Bad taste.

    4. Maybe don't click on a link that says: "Warning - graphic images".

      Honestly, I didn't even realize there were any human remains shown until a second, closer look.

    5. Right. So it's worth reading this:

      Igor Sutyagin, a Russian military specialist at the London-based Royal United Services Institute, agreed that the plane would almost certainly have been hit from a Buk, a vehicle-mounted missile system first developed in the Soviet era. The Malaysian aircraft, flying at more than 10,000 metres, was beyond the range of MANPAD, shoulder-launched missiles. Kalashnikov-carrying Russian sympathisers in Ukraine would not have had the expertise to fire them and would have needed either specialists who had "volunteered" their services from Russia or locally-recruited specialists, he said, but noted that the rebels had been firing at Ukrainian aircraft over the last week.

      However, a report on the website of Russian state television from late June described how the rebels in Donetsk had taken control of of a Ukrainian missile defence facility which was equipped with Buk systems. The report said that the rebels planned to "defend the sky over Donetsk" using the missile system.

      On Thursday afternoon, a social media site attributed to Igor Strelkov, a Russian citizen who has emerged as the commander of rebel forces in Donetsk, announced that the rebels had shot down an An-26 Ukrainian transport plane, and also that there was "information about a second plane". The post was later removed.


      I'd say that draws a picture of "shoot anything down you can". For all we know, other civilian aircraft have been targeted and missed.

      This is a monumental, utterly tragic, sickening mess.

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