More Bodies Found in MH17's Chaotic Recovery
Refrigerated train cars storing the dead lost power overnight
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2014 7:58 AM CDT
Ukrainian emergency workers carry a victim's body in a plastic bag at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove in eastern Ukraine, July 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(Newser) – Chaos continues to reign in Ukraine, where recovery efforts for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 lurch along amid political finger-pointing, the discovery of more bodies, and electrical outages in refrigerated train cars that contain more than 200 of the dead, reports the AP. Twenty-one more victims in body bags were pulled to the side of the road this morning in Hrabove, bringing the number of those found in the crash to 272 out of 298 aboard the downed jet, says Ukraine's PM. Other developments:

  • The stench of decomposing bodies is building up near Torez, where bodies are being stored in refrigerated cars that lost power overnight. Power appears to have kicked back on this morning, a train engineer tells the AP.
  • Ukraine's military resumed its assault on rebels 40 miles away in Donetsk, reports the Washington Post; international officials have yet to gain access to victims' bodies.

  • The crash site has been forensically tainted, with the Ukrainian government telling the BBC it’s been unable to clear a path to the site and that critical evidence has been tampered with by the Russian-backed rebels.
  • Angry Dutch families met with their king, queen, and PM today to voice outrage about how the bodies of the 193 Dutch on Flight MH17 have been reportedly treated, reports the AP.
  • John Kerry, who yesterday blasted the investigation as "grotesque," says the US had spotted military supplies moving into Ukraine from Russia last month, according to the BBC—tanks, rocket launchers, and armored personnel carriers were seen in the convoy.
  • Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has been railing against criticism of Russia not coming clean about its involvement with the crash, claiming "others are exploiting the downing of the plane for 'mercenary purposes.'" In today’s New York Times, Putin calls for a "robust" team from a UN agency to work on the investigation, claiming "everything must be done to ensure its full and absolute safety and to secure the humanitarian corridors needed for its work."
Meanwhile, the rebels yesterday claimed to have found the plane's black boxes.

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Imhotep
Jul 21, 2014 11:02 AM CDT
Malaysia Airlines is responsible for this mess. The Germans and the French and other European airlines have long since this war started diverted all their flight paths to avoid the Ukraine. They understand that mistakes can happen and putting innocent people in danger is not a good idea. If you look at the flight path of this downed airliner it could not have been worse. It entered the Ukraine at it's N. Western most border and was downed near its S. Eastern most border. All the while inviting trouble. Anything below 30,000 is a legitimate target. They were supposed to be at 32 or 33 thousand. Not much leeway for inaccurate instruments on the ground which the rebels have. This is the reason other European airlines were avoiding that air space. If you want to focus anger on someone look to those people that run Malaysia airlines and why they didn't follow the same procedure as other European airlines.
kawahchan
Jul 21, 2014 10:47 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: This is the first time happened to the EU, US and the international community are feeling so much HUMILIATED under the gun-points by the pro-Russia Donetsk People's Republic terrorist rebels to investigate the Flight MH17 shot down by Russia's Putin's lackeys. We, the American people and Republicans how we feel about Obama-Hillary Clinton's "Reset Russia" policy and aftermath. The 2016 RICK PERRY's White House must rebuild the NATO security after Obama's gimmick to White House.
RED KNIGHT
Jul 21, 2014 10:44 AM CDT
ahhh....... the GORE PATROL is on the loose again ,dont worry your loved ones rings an jewerly are sfae in there pockets,at least they are using dead peoples credit cards in the atms.