We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

A man stands next to newspapers carrying headline stories and pictures of Thursday's Malaysia Airlines plane shot down, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Lai Seng Sin

Ukraine and Russia blame each other for shooting down of plane

Ukrainian rebels say that they will allow investigators access the crash site.

UKRAINE REBELS HAVE guaranteed investigators “safe access” to the crash site of Malaysian Airliner MH17 in territory they hold, negotiators said after talks with the insurgents.

The separatists committed to providing “safe access and security guarantees to the national investigation commission, including international investigators, in the area under their control,” the trilateral Contact Group on the Ukraine Crisis said in a statement, adding rebels would also close off the site and allow local authorities to recover the bodies of the victims.

US intelligence agencies have confirmed that the flight was shot down, but nobody can confirm by whom.

Ukraine claims that pro-Russian separatists were responsible, but rebels claim they do not have the capability.

Vladimir Putin put the blame at Ukraine’s door.

However, there is growing speculation that those responsible had wrongly thought they took down a Ukrainian cargo plane.

Social media postings attributed to members of the Donetsk Republic, a breakaway separatist group in the Ukrainian city, claimed that the rebels had taken a missile facility similar to that believed to be used in the downing of the Boeing 777.

Another is reported to have been a posting by a rebel leader celebrating the taking down of a Ukrainian cargo plane, but has since been deleted.

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today at 3pm. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for a “full, transparent investigation”.

Read: Malaysian passenger plane shot down by surface-to-air missile over Ukraine

Read: One of the most crucial air routes in the world cuts through Ukrainian airspace

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.