All Eyes on Putin as Investigators Demand Access to Downed Jet

Monday, July 21, 2014

Surrounded by separatists, Alexander Hug (C), Deputy Chief Monitor of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits a train containing the bodies of victims of the flight MH17. July 21, 2014 (Brendan Hoffman/Getty)

Days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Donetsk, Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists are blocking the crash site. They’ve seized the remains of 200 victims, and are refusing access to outside officials and crash experts.

In the absence of hard facts, it appears that a propaganda war has begun in an effort to shift the blame.

On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry made the talk show rounds—he pointed the finger at Russia, claiming President Vladimir Putin’s government supplied the rebels with the surface-to-air missiles that may have been used to shoot down the plane.

"Russia has armed the separatists,” Sec. Kerry told ABC's This Week. “Russia has supported the separatists. Russia has trained the separatists. Russia continues to refuse to call publicly for the separatists to engage in behavior that would lend itself to a resolution of this issue."

He continued: "And the fact is that only a few weeks ago, a convoy of 150 vehicles of artillery, armored personnel carriers, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, crossed over from Russia into this area and these items were all turned over to the separatists.”

Meanwhile, President Putin pushed back on Monday, saying that the tragedy "must not be politicized." But can Putin remove the barriers to access that the separatists have introduced?

Weighing in on Russia's role and America's response is Kathryn Stoner, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and the author of “Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia."


Kathryn Stoner

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Michelangelo from Miami FL

Need more proof that Russia is just a second rate former superpower? Here it is. This is a nation ruled by an authoritarian strongman who is technically an oligarch but not of the self-made variety. He has only two thing that hold him back from throwing his weight around the globe: his own stock values and the USA. The perception is that most Russians display a sense of pride akin to Nazism of the mid-20th century. However, Russia doesn't really help its own. Russia doesn't help people in need around the world. Russia doesn't believe in good will or brotherhood. Russia simply concerns itself with being diametrically opposed to the US. That's probably that country's mission statement.

Jul. 22 2014 09:51 AM
Not sure if you're serious from Portland OR

Em are you suggesting that the US was intentionally holding back information hoping that a civilian airliner would be shot down?

Jul. 21 2014 06:42 PM
spiral007 from USA

I heard the dutch representative talk on your show. It is clear that the west has a clear agenda...He used phrases like the rebels have 'seized the bodies..'. Look this is an active war zone, the first two days they did not move the bodies and were blamed for leaving them there, now that they have moved them to refrigerated trains, we are saying they have seized them. There is certain amount of arrogance in our media. We keep throwing words like 'international community', what it really means is just the western countries...

The situation is very complicated...under international law, the lead for the investigation resides with Ukraine, however, the region is contested and the 'rebels' control the area. We refuse to work with them and expect them to let only the west do its investigation; the very west that has already come to a conclusion.

Finally, if we in the west take the time to read other media, there are alternate scenarios, such as there were three SA batteries under the control of the regime in Kiev in the vicinity. The plane was given the go ahead by Kiev controllers and asked to follow a path different from its normal path. This path took it directly over the war region. There are too many unanswered questions, and all this Putin demonizing is not going to help.

Jul. 21 2014 09:35 AM

Congratulations for asking why a commercial airliner was ALLOWED to fly over a war zone, a question ignored by all other shows. The status of this area, where a number of planes were already being shot down, may have been ignored by the US MSM, but outside the US it has been well known. So how could this plane have been routed over such an unstable and violent area. Would they have been allowed it to fly over Syria? The Dutch are being duped. This was a setup from start to finish. And if you think you can trust anything Malaysian Airlines tell you, you haven't been paying attention. A new Cold War has been cultivated for purely economic motives. If the Media continue to encourage it they obviously do not have much love for their children or grandchildren who will reap what is now being sown with their help. The US is showing a contempt for civilian life which defies all reason.

Jul. 21 2014 09:21 AM

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