New audio tapes have been intercepted by the Ukrainian security services which the services report to be conversations between pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine discussing how they shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight.
The individuals talking on the tapes are reportedly Igor Bezler, a pro-Russian rebel leader, Bezler’s superior, Vasily Geranin, and two other separatists soldiers going by the code names of “Major” and “Greek,” and the Cossack commander Nikolai Kozitsyn.
The following is transcribed from the leaked audio between “Major” and “Grek” while investigating the debris:
[Grek]: Well, what do you have there?
[Major]: In short, it was 100 per cent a passenger (civilian) aircraft.
[Grek]: Are many people there?
[Major]: Holy sh–t! The debris fell right into the yards (of homes).
[Grek]: What kind of aircraft?
[Major]: I haven’t ascertained this. I haven’t been to the main sight. I am only surveying the scene where the first bodies fell. There are the remains of internal brackets, seats, and bodies.
[Grek]: Is there anything left of the weapon?
[Major]: Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper.
This same audio clip goes on and “Major” blames the “Cossacks at Chernukhino” for shooting down the plane. The “Cossacks” in question may have been under the command of Kozitsyn who was recorded telling a fellow soldier the plane was carrying “spies.”
The following is an audio clip transcribed by BBC:
[Male fighter]: Regarding the plane shot down in the area of Snezhnoye-Torez. It’s a civilian one. Fell down near Grabovo. There are lots of corpses of women and children. The Cossacks are out there looking at all this. They say on TV it’s a Ukrainian AN-26 transport plane, but they say it’s got Malaysia Airlines written on the plane. What was it doing in Ukrainian territory?
[Male voice, identified as Cossack commander Nikolai Kozitsyn]: That means they were carrying spies. They shouldn’t be [curses] flying. There is a war going on.