MH17 tragedy: 12 unanswered questions

There are still many questions that need to be answered about the Malaysian plane tragedy.

On what grounds did the Ukrainian authorities blame the crash on Donetsk militias immediately after the tragedy?

Why didn’t Ukraine close the air space over the conflict zone for civilian flights, especially given that the area is not entirely covered by radar navigation systems?

Why did Ukrainian air traffic controllers allow the airplane to deviate from the standard flight path towards the conflict zone?

Questions over why Malaysian plane flew over Ukrainian warzone

Why did Ukrainian security services start working with the recordings of communications between air traffic controllers and MH17 crew, and with data storage systems from Ukrainian radars before international experts arrived?

Will the investigation have access to tracking data on movements of Ukrainian warplanes on the day of the incident?

What was the mission of the combat aircraft that moved close to the MH17 minutes before the crash?

What was the mission of the combat aircraft that was circling over the crash area for 4 minutes immediately after the crash?

Given that militias have no aircraft, for what purpose did Ukraine deploy several battalions of Buk-M1 anti-aircraft systems close to the area of hostilities days prior to the air crash? Why were they withdrawn the day after the incident?

Can Ukraine share all the details of these deployments?

10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash

Can Ukraine confirm that internet pictures allegedly showing a Buk system, with one missing missile, being transported in the town of Krasnodon close to the Russian border were actually made at Krasnoarmeysk, a town under control of Ukrainian forces since 11 May?

Is Ukraine prepared to provide the investigation with an inventory of their air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles?

Is the United States prepared to share pictures taken from their intelligence satellite that was over Ukraine for 15 minutes, including at the moment of the crash?

Why did it take so long for Ukraine to establish an investigation commission?

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Cuban Domadores Know Contenders for Next Edition

Cuban boxing team Domadores (Tamers) will be included in the Group A for the 5th edition of the World Series of Boxing, according to the draw here by which the Cuban team will know which its contenders will be.

Cuba will be in Group A, together with Ukraine Otamans, Germany, Algeria Desert Hawk, Morocco, China, Russia and Mexico.

The first stage will gather 16 teams to compete, starting in January 2015.

Morocco and China will be a novelty, compared to the previous edition.

In Group B, Baku Fires (Azerbaidzhan), Astana Arlans (Kazahstan), Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder (Italy), Argentina Condors, Hussars Poland, USA Knockout and another team still not defined, will compete agaunbst each other.

Cuba Domadores will receive Morocco in the C-1 format (49, 56, 64, 75 and 91 kilograms) on January 16, to match later Algeria in the C-2 format (52, 60, 69, 81 and over 81 kilograms) on January 23.

From then on, Domadores will match Russia (C-1, home club, Jan 30), China (Feb 6, C-2, home club), Mexico (Feb 13, C-1, visitors), Germany (Feb. 20, C-2, home club) and Ukraine Otamans (Feb. 27, C-1, visitors).

There will be a second classification round until April 24, with an inverted organization, receiving the teams which received them at their respective homes.

The quarterfinals are scheduled in May 7 and 8, the semifinals in May 21 and 22 and the finals for June 11 and 12 in 2015.

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‘Father was lying on the porch with his arm blown off’ – eyewitness to Ukraine’s shelling

The daughter of a man killed by an artillery shell fired by Kiev’s forces in a quiet Russian town just across the border from Ukraine is still in shock. In a night of horror, she also had to save her 11-year-old brother from the bombing.

Andrey Shulyatyev, a 46-year-old father of four, was killed on Sunday when an artillery shell from Ukraine hit his private house on the border, in the Rostov Region of Russia.

1 killed, 2 injured: Russia vows response to Ukraine shelling Russian city

Irina, 20, was woken up in the middle of the night on Sunday by a sound of an explosion and could not believe it was not all just a bad dream. The girl was crying throughout her whole interview to LifeNews, in which she had to relive the ordeal of her terrible night once again.

I heard a scream, it was my younger brother, I grabbed him and ran towards the exit. Then I heard my father’s scream,” the girl said. “When my brother and I ran up to the door, glass from the windows shattered again. We stopped. When we went out to the porch, we saw my father lying there. He was without an arm. I was in shock, I thought it was a dream, I came back into the house, then went out again to see him lying there without an arm. He was screaming. My brother was screaming. We were bombed.”

The girl just knew she had to save her terrified 11-year-old brother. Irina told him to go hide in the cellar, but the boy was too scared to go alone, so she had to take him there.

And my father was lying there,” the girl said, sobbing. “And I just could not call the ambulance. Then we got out of the cellar and ran to our neighbors and called for ambulance from there. But before it arrived, my father died.”

Andrey Shulyatyev’s wife was working the night shift at a local shop. She could hear the shelling and was frightened when she could not reach her family by phone. Then her daughter rang.

She was hysterical,” the woman recalled. “She said something horrible had happened, they did not even understand what it was. She said: ‘We jumped over dad who was lying on the porch and we hid in the cellar.” When I came back from work, they would not let me come close to the house. It was cordoned off."

 RIA Novosti / Sergey Pivovarov
 RIA Novosti / Sergey Pivovarov

The woman said authorities offered to move her to a hostel, as her house was badly damaged, but she refused.

The same night Shulyatyev was killed, two of his female neighbors were also injured in the shelling. One of them suffered a shell fragment wound in the leg; another woman, reportedly 80 years old, was shell-shocked in her house across the street from the site of the explosion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his “extreme concern” over the Ukrainian military's offensive and also over the incident of an artillery shell from Ukraine hitting a private house and killing a Russian citizen.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday described the shelling as “an obviously aggressive act” on Ukraine’s part and warned it could have “irreversible consequences.”

The National Security Council of Ukraine declared the same day that Kiev’s troops involved in the operation in the east of the country had nothing to do with the shelling incident.

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Russia’s Putin arrives in Cuba

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Cuba for a one-day visit on Friday during which he will meet with President Raul and Fidel Castro, reported dpa news.

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