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UN Demands Access to MH17 Crash Site

Published: July 23, 2014 (Issue # 1821)



  • Ukrainian emergency workers carry a victims body away from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site on Sunday.
    Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka / AP

NEW YORK The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, with Moscows envoy urging other countries to avoid jumping to conclusions and then proceeding to slam Ukraine.

Russia, which has been blamed by Ukraine and the West for downing the Malaysian airliner on July 17 in eastern Ukraine, was among the 15 council members to vote in favor of a resolution on Monday demanding unrestricted access to the crash site for international investigators.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said his country is ready to provide any necessary assistance in organizing an impartial international investigation.

But until its completion, it is important to refrain from rushed conclusions and politicized statements, Churkin said.

However, he then immediately followed his own call to refrain from politicized rhetoric with an onslaught against Ukraine: Kiev is trying to use the shock that the international community is experiencing over the loss of the Malaysian airliner to boost its punitive operation in the east of the country, Churkin said.

Towns are subjected to indiscriminate artillery shelling, their residents are dying by the dozens, he added.

Ukraine-Russia Stand-Off

During Mondays meeting, Ukrainian Ambassador Yury Sergeyev expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and rebutted Russias accusations of using the disaster for political gain.

Sergeyev said Ukraine had invited envoys from Russia and representatives of the countries affected by the downing immediately after the crash, the same day, to participate in an investigation.

He also cited Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkos declaration of a cease-fire around the crash site as evidence Ukraine had done what it could to ensure a secure investigation.

But Churkin used the Security Council floor to criticize Ukraines current and previous administrations.

Among other supposed evidence implicating Ukraines involvement in the downing, he mentioned Ukraines shooting down in 2001 of a Siberian Airlines plane that was carrying 78 people en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk.

Although Ukraine has acknowledged after a period of initial denial that its military had shot down the airliner over the Black Sea, Churkin said Monday that until today, Ukraine refuses to admit its legal responsibility.

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Wednesday, Oct. 1


The St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum 2014 kicks off today at Lenexpo, where it will be presenting the latest and greatest ideas until Oct. 3. Focusing on economic development and the decisions and measures necessary to encourage development in Russias most important industries, the event is a possibility to discuss the innovations currently available in a variety of fields.


Representatives of the Russian and international media industries arrive in St. Petersburg for the first ever International Media Forum being hosted by the city until Oct. 10. With a variety of events on tap, including workshops, lectures and film screenings, the event plans to reemphasize the citys reputation as the countrys culture capital and as an emerging market and location for the visual arts.



Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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