Ukraine's Interior Ministry said he was seen being bundled into a car by masked men in camouflage later that day. His body was found on Saturday near Slaviansk. He and another, unidentified, man appeared to have been tortured and dumped alive in a river to drown, police concluded. Ukraine's acting president, who like Rybak is a member of the Batkivshchyna party led by former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, cited the murder as grounds for relaunching a so far limited operation against militants who have taken over around a dozen towns and public buildings in the Russian-speaking east.
Ukrainian officials who took power after the fall of the Kremlin-backed president acknowledge that corruption and pro-Russian sympathises in the police and SBU security service have made them ineffective in resisting what it says are activities by Russian special forces to organise separatist militants. Search News Search web.
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A preliminary report by crash experts said the airline was partly to blame for continuing to fly over a dangerous conflict zone - although it also points the finger of blame at pro-Russian rebels. Ukrainian and Western authorities say the jet was downed, most likely by mistake, by a missile fired by separatists or Russian troops. Several weeks before MH17 was shot down, separatist rebels had bragged about acquiring a missile system and had downed several Ukrainian military aircraft in eastern Ukraine, killing 49 people in one incident.
The rebels and Moscow say the separatists had no such missile systems at their disposal and that the plane was hit by a Ukrainian warplane or a Ukrainian-fired missile.
Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again. An eyewitness to the crash told the 20 Khvilin website that the Su was spinning as it was going down.