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Commenting article: Ukraine to Demand Donetsk, Luhansk Rebels be Declared Terrorists

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko announced his country is preparing international requests that the Donetsk and Luhansk "republics" be considered as terrorist organizations.

His words come after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels have held towns and cities under their control since early this spring.

All 298 passengers are confirmed dead, with 192 of the victims coming from the Netherlands.

The list issued Saturday by Malaysia's government also included 43 Malaysians (including 15 crew), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians and 10 Britons (one of them with dual South African nationality), 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, three from the Philippines, and one each from Canada and New Zealand.

Some reports, including by US intelligence officials, suggest a missile of unknown origin was shot at the plane.

Ukraine immediately claimed that rebels were behind the incident, while Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed a finger at Kiev saying the country was responsible for the unrest in its east.

Rebels themselves argue Ukraine could have downed the aircraft.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans traveled to Ukraine to discuss the international investigation that is to be held to find out the reasons for the crash.

After informing Timmermans of an attempt to foil an ongoing probe carried out by Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers at the site of the crash, Poroshenko assured him Ukraine would not "tolerate" any interference in the investigation.

He reiterated his country's stance that the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic" and their leaderships were involved in the incident.

"I am convinced that terrorist should be necessarily tried," Russia's ITAR-TASS agency quoted him as saying.

EU and US officials are seeking to pressure Moscow into securing unhindered access to the place where the Boeing 777 crashed.

They urge Russia to exert its influence on the Donbass rebels so that those in charge can explore the site untroubled.

Kiev officials, for their part, accuse pro-Russian militiamen, which were reported to restrict monitors' movement around the area, of attempting to destroy evidence of an "international crime".

sa-sha - 21 Jul 2014 // 12:17:28

" Let's ALL become fascist thugs, murderers and thieves...."-------;-)--- World is not going through the best of times in History and thanks to Seedy for the attempts to amuse people, for his invitation to become like him.

Optimistic - 20 Jul 2014 // 19:24:54

Seedy good point this covers someone like Poroshenko. Plus serve the West and they keep you in power.

Seedy - 20 Jul 2014 // 17:43:48

Right on, Bro! Let's ALL become fascist thugs, murderers and thieves in order to become rich and "respected".....

viking - 20 Jul 2014 // 17:36:34

Bulgarians have much to learn about making a little money

Putin went from a minor civil servant in the early 90"s to a net worth of 60-80 Billion dollars
Yes that is a "B"

Seedy - 20 Jul 2014 // 17:19:47

Since only Sa-sha and O-AP will be accompanying Putin there, I'd prefer to see something happening in this world rather than the next......

Senseofreason - 20 Jul 2014 // 17:12:42

Putin will burn in hell.

Seedy - 20 Jul 2014 // 12:15:15

Let's hope that Putin and his minions running the failed state that used to be Russia also appear on the list of vermin and terrorists that need to be stamped out....

Justme - 20 Jul 2014 // 12:08:48

Wonderful. Anyone that does not agree to have this European Union experiment forced upon them is a terrorist now. Everyone in Balkans is allowed self-determination, but not Ukrainians. No vote, no debate, the whole country is pushed into the EU, destined to further economic problems, no support, and only words from Brussels. The EU will destroy Ukraine as they did Bulgaria. So anyone who stands up to this menace is a terrorist. great! I guess the British UKIP Party is next for this terror designation, as they help Britain leave the EU.

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