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Investigators Turn Back from MH17 Site

Published: July 30, 2014 (Issue # 1822)



  • Self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic policemen guard a convoy carrying international forensic experts Monday.
    Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Heavy fighting raged Monday around theMalaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing aninternational police team charged with securing thesite fromeven getting there.

Government troops have stepped up their push towin back territory frompro-Russian separatists infighting that theUnited Nations said Monday has killed more than 1,100 people infour months.

Theinternational delegation ofAustralian andDutch police andforensic experts stopped Monday inShakhtarsk, atown about 30 kilometers fromthe fields where theBoeing 777 was brought down.

Sounds ofregular shelling could be heard fromShakhtarsk andresidents were seen fleeing town incars.

Themandate ofthe police team is tosecure thecurrently rebel-controlled area so that comprehensive investigations can begin andany remaining bodies can be recovered.

Thesecond canceled site visit over two days has strained tempers among theobservation team.

Theres ajob tobe done, said Alexander Hug, thedeputy head ofa monitoring team fromthe Organization forSecurity andCooperation inEurope. We are sick andtired ofbeing interrupted bygunfights, despite thefact that we have agreed that there should be acease-fire.

TheDefense Ministry says Ukrainian troops have entered Shakhtarsk, although checkpoints blocking thewestern entrance intotown remain under rebel control. It also said fighting was taking place inSnizhne, which lies directly south ofthe crash site, andin other towns inthe east.

Theself-declared Donetsk Peoples Republic said onits official Twitter that fighting was ongoing inthe village ofRozsypne, where some ofthe wreckage still lays strewn anduncollected.

Thehead ofthe rebels military headquarters, Igor Ivanov, told Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti that thevillage had fallen intogovernment hands, but that information could not immediately be confirmed.

Ukraine has accused rebels oftampering with evidence atthe plane crash site andtrying tocover up their alleged role inbringing theMalaysia Airlines jet down with ananti-aircraft missile.

Separatist officials have staunchly denied responsibility forshooting down theairliner andkilling all 298 people onboard.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Dec. 17


Although the next trade event at Lenexpo convention center isnt until January, the center is playing host to Monet to Cezanne: The French Impressionists, an art show that brings 19th-century art classics to life. Using state-of-the-art technology, the show takes the work of the French masters and adds another dimension to them using light and shadow.



Thursday, Dec. 18


Improve your English and knowledge of British culture during todays FORM lesson at the British Book Center. These free English lessons with a native speaker elaborate not only on grammar particulars but cultural topics as well. Todays event will discuss the BBC Two documentary Victorian Farm Christmas.



Friday, Dec. 19


Test your mastery of parlor games during Game Evening at the British Book Center. Learn how to play a variety of classic, mentally challenging games and use your newly acquired skills to crush weaker opponents. The event beings at 5 p.m.



Saturday, Dec. 20


The citys Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during todays Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Stock up your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya ploschad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


TheZenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the clubs website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBAs and Capital Legal Services event Arctic Expedition this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



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