The Dutch head of a team sent to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 praised the Ukrainian recovery workers who collected hundreds of bodies from a giant swathe of land in a war zone for doing a “hell of a job”. [ . . . ]
Despite reports that some of the bodies may have been looted and were never properly secured during days lying out in summer sun, [Peter] van Vliet expressed admiration for the recovery crews that gathered them.
“I’m very impressed about the work that was done over here,” he said after inspecting the main crash site, where bodies were still being found a day earlier pinned under chunks of aircraft wreckage.
Citing the heat and the scale of the site, he said: “I think they did a hell of a job in a hell of a place.”
His comments are in stark contrast to the at times almost frenzied condemnation by many western media outlets and politicians of the way “separatists” were handling the crash site. They fit very well, on the other hand, with what Alexander Borodai (PM of the Donetsk Peoples Republic) said during a press conference on the 19th of July.
(h/t Patrick Armstrong at Russia: Other Points of View)