Kiev says it will secure crash site by Thursday 'at the latest'

July 30, 2014 8:10 PM

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Kiev says it will secure crash site by Thursday 'at the latest'

A blanket of pale smoke hung over Shakhtersk and jagged pillars of a darker, more ominous smoke rose from the downtown area, as the Ukrainian army attempted to steal control of the MH17 crash site – with Kiev optimistically declaring that the job would be done by Thursday "at the latest".

Thinking like that is one thing. Putting its credibility on the line by making such a public declaration is a measure of the trophy value of the 50 square kilometre crash site and a revelation of the importance Kiev attaches to driving off the separatist rebels, lest they become a permanent player i...

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