Recordings 'point blame at rebels'

Recordings 'point blame at rebels'
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Two intercepted telephone conversations apparently show rebels were responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s security services produced the recordings and said in the first call rebel commander Igor Bezler tells a Russian military intelligence officer that rebel forces shot down a plane.

In the second, two rebel fighters – one of them at the scene of the crash – say the rocket attack was carried out by a unit of insurgents about 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of the crash site.

Neither recording could be independently verified.

One of the fighters, who states he is at the site of where the plane came to the ground, describes seeing scattered debris. He later describes finding the documents of somebody he identifies as an Indonesian national studying at “Thompson University.”

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