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by patrick lee; photographer kamarul ariffin
DONETSK: Bank and credit cards have suddenly appeared in areas near the MH17 crash site, catching investigators by surprise.
Organisation for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said his team found these cards near one of the impact sites.
“For the first time, we noticed identification documents, ID cards and bank cards. We’ve been going there frequently and we did not detect them previously,” he told reporters here on Friday evening.
It is not known who might have placed these cards there. However, previous reports have alleged that credit cards belonging to victims of MH17 have been recently used.
Bociurkiw said that the MH17 cockpit had been “severely” cut into, and that it had been “opened up”.
Three separatists wearing Ukrainian Ministry of Interior uniforms had been checking a large piece of fuselage in a heavily wooded area, he said.
When asked what they were doing there, they said they were not authorised to speak to him, he added.
On the fuselage itself, he said it was about 16 to 17 rows in length and that it started around the 22nd row of the aircraft.
Bociurkiw said the separatist group here had indicated that the debris from the crash site might be collected and moved in the next few days.
“They said they have the heavy equipment to transport and move it. It sounded like they wanted to move it by train; we don’t know where,” he said.
He said OSCE had accompanied five Australian and four Dutch forensic experts around the crash site on Friday.
In a related development, he said the OSCE had demanded for the release of journalists – referring to the abduction of Ukrainian freelance journalist Anton Skiba who was presumably taken by the separatists outside a Donetsk hotel on Tuesday.
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