Crash probe on the ill-fated Malaysian plane

Russian President Vladimir Putin should get in touch with pro-Russian rebels to cooperate in the inquiry of the ill-fated Malaysian plane, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

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Published: Thu 24 Jul 2014, 8:33 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:58 AM

It is heart rending for the relations of the victims to think that the bodies of their kith cannot be recovered, and many of them are still lying scattered in the sun. When some bodies were loaded onto a train, the prime minister of Ukraine was unsure where the train was headed. This is a very bizarre and inhuman situation. Putin has to instruct the pro-Russian rebels to withdraw and let the probe be conducted in an impartial manner. All forces must declare a complete ceasefire in the impacted areas.

Whosoever shot down the airliner had no consideration for the innocent civilians. Now, at least, there should be respect for their remains. How brutal and inhuman is our world becoming?

Putin had earned some goodwill by counseling Syria and preventing American bombing of the country some months ago. He will lose the global friendliness he garnered, unless he shows some leadership and initiative. He must act now.

Rajendra K. Aneja, by email

• The ill-fated passengers of MH17 when they boarded the aircraft from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, little did they know their dead bodies will have to take a train journey in Ukraine. This is life! And no one knows how and when it will come to an end.

Wilayat Hussain, by email

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