DONETSK, July 20 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian self-defense forces have found items that could be data recorders from the crashed Malaysian plane and delivered them to the eastern city of Donetsk, Alexander Boroday, the prime-minister of the self-proclaimed of Donetsk People’s Republic, told reporters Sunday.
The militia will hand over the data recorders only to monitors from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), not to Kiev authorities, Boroday added.
Late on Thursday, the Malaysia Airlines plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed near the town of Torez in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. All 298 people on board, including 85 children and 15 crew members, died in the accident.
The authorities in Kiev lay the blame on independence supporters, whereas the militia insists they do not have the required technology to shoot a target flying this high.
On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that a Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile battery was operational in eastern Ukraine when the Malaysia Airlines crashed. The ministry said radiation from the battery’s radar was detected by the Russian military.