The Ukrainian Government has condemned Russian leader Vladamir Putin by releasing a graphic image of an infant victim lying in a field, telling him he has the child’s blood on his hands.
The infant was among 80 children and three infants who died aboard MH17 when it was shot down by Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Senior government advisor Anton Gerashchenko released the image with the message: “This baby’s death is on your conscience. Damn you for centuries!”
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have mounted a major military assault against separatist strongholds about Donetsk and Luhansk as they claim the rebels are attempting to bring in equipment to remove the nearby fuselage remains of flight MH17.
The claim comes as local police in Donetsk said rebels shot dead a man who was trying to loot from the remains of the cockpit of the aircraft and European security observers were given an armed escort about a large swathe of the 25km square crash site.
Mortar and gun fire can be heard on the outskirts of the regional capital Donetsk with Ukrainian air force fighters also seen in the skies. Hours earlier the rebels were fighting back against Ukrainian forces in Luhansk with residents reporting mortar explosions “every minute”. The Ukrainian government declared the offensive by their forces as an “anti-terrorist” operation.
The Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko followed up by today urging the United Nations to proscribe the rebels in both regional capitals as “terrorists”.
During a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the leader urged the UN to condemn the “terrorists’ and to recognise their declarations of the DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and “LNR” (Luhansk People’s Republic) as terrorist organisations.
The Ukrainian Security Council also claimed 15 pieces of military equipment had come into the eastern region of Luhansk that officials say were to remove large sections of debris from the Malaysian Boeing.