11:43 18.07.2014

SBU intercepts talks of militants in which one of them reports on downed passenger aircraft

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has published the intercepted talks of members of illegal armed groups, in which one of them reports to another on the downed plane in eastern Ukraine, which proved to be civil.

At 1633, a militant nicknamed "Major" reports to another militant nicknamed "Greek" on the downed plane.

"The plane was shot down by those who are at the Chornukhyne roadblock [in Luhansk region]... The Cossacks who are at Chornukhyne. The plane has fallen apart in the air, near the Petropavlivska mine. We've found the first 'Cargo 200' (corpse). It was a woman. It's a civil [aircraft]," he said.

After 40 minutes, at 1742, he confirmed that the downed plane was civil: "In short, it's set in stone it's a civil plane."

When asked whether there were many people on board the aircraft, he replied affirmatively. When asked whether any armament was found at the scene of the plane crash, he said: "Nothing at all. Civilian stuff, medical scraps, towels, toilet paper."

According to "Major," the documents of a student from Indonesia, who studied at Thompson University, were found at the scene.

In addition, SBU published the negotiations of Russian citizen Igor Bezler who reports to Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Vasily Geranin on the downed aircraft.

"A plane has just been shot down. [It has been shot down by] a 'Miner' group. Near Yenakiyeve... They left to search for the downed plane and take photos of it. There's smoke," Bezler told Geranin at 1640.

When asked "how many minutes ago [did it happen]?" he replied: "About 30 minutes ago."

The audio recording of the conversations was made public at a press briefing by SBU Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko in Kyiv late on Thursday. He confirmed that the tragedy occurred at 1620 on Ukrainian territory.

"Now you know who carried out the crime. We will do everything to ensure that those Russian soldiers who carried out this crime were punished," he said after demonstrating the video with the audio recording of the negotiations.

As reported, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 298 passengers from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17.

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