Graveyard of desecration: Grave robbers, Ghoulish tourists taking pictures on their mobiles, Corpses left to rot: A shocking dispatch from the grim crash site of flight MH17 by Ian Birrell

Sunday, July 20, 2014
By Paul Martin

Several human victims were still stuck in their seats. Others were mangled, mashed and hideously manipulated
In one burned patch of grass littered with charred debris lay five crumpled corpses in a heap
Some of the 200 staff from Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency Situations could be seen collecting bodies from the fields
Investigators have claimed drunk soldiers stopped them accessing whole site, hindering their investigation
The most sickening sight was a young male whose body had been placed in a black body bag – but hadn’t been closed

By Ian Birrell
19 July 2014

There was something almost beautiful about the white ribbons tied to stakes as they fluttered in the wind; some sitting amid a sea of golden corn, others poking from clusters of yellow and blue wildflowers.

But then you saw that these were the most macabre of markings, each one representing the final landing place for hundreds of human beings slaughtered in the sky last week.

For this is the grimmest of graveyards. Here on the gentle rolling hills of eastern Ukraine, beside an abandoned Soviet-era poultry farm, lay the innocent people whose lives were extinguished so suddenly in an explosion at 33,000 feet on Thursday afternoon.

I came across a little girl, maybe four or five, her uncovered corpse in its cute red top beside some bushes. Nearby was a pink and white stuffed toy bear, a big smile stuck incongruously on its felt face, alongside a Winnie the Pooh.

A Western woman with long, brown hair lay splayed on the ground, stripped naked as she fell, apart from the black T-shirt gathered around her shoulders.

Her face, scorched around the eyes, stared up silently into the clouds above. She looked almost like she was puzzling over the place from which the shattered Malaysian Airlines plane was scattered over 34 square kilometres close to the Russian border.

Next to her was a black and white dog, one of two on the Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It appeared as if asleep amid the summer grass.

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