Obama: What Are Russian Separatists Hiding?

Monday, July 21, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks on the Ukraine situation outside the Oval Office of the White House July 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty)

Of the 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the Netherlands paid the greatest price, losing 193 people.

A couple headed for vacation in Bali, the communications director at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, a renowned AIDS researcher, and a Dutch senator were just a few of the victims. The Dutch town of Hilversum, a community of just 84,000, lost three entire families and the son of a fourth. 

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte informed Russian President Vladimir Putin that his greatest priority was to retrieve the bodies of the dead, but even that task has proved difficult, as pro-Russian rebels continue to limit access to the crash site.

On Monday, President Obama addressed Russia's role in the response to the crash.

"The Russian-backed separatists who control the area continue to block the investigation," President Obama said. "They've repeatedly prevented international investigators from gaining full access to the wreckage. As investigators approached, they fired their weapons into the air. The separatists are removing evidence from the crash site. All of which begs the question: What are they trying to hide?"

Joining The Takeaway to weigh in from the Netherlands is  Pieter Feith, a Dutch diplomat, formerly serving as the European Union Special Representative and as the International Civilian Representative in Kosovo.


Pieter Feith

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman and Megan Quellhorst


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Jeffrey Apland from Minneapolis

So Mr Hockenberry believes the smoking gun is the failure of the west to foresee the missile strick on a passenger plane? Thugs all over the world will appreciate your perspective.

Jul. 21 2014 02:31 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

This is the deep freeze beginning of another Cold War. Even Snowden feels snowed on.

Jul. 21 2014 02:19 PM
Mike Thiede from California, USA

Russia really dropped the ball on their cover story, they should have blamed it on Extra Terrestrials as that would be much more believable than what they've put forward so far. Who knows maybe this conclusion will be their story for tomorrow.

Jul. 21 2014 02:07 PM

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