Kiev uses photo of MH17 baby’s corpse to accuse Putin of murder

The blame game between Ukrainian and Russian leaders following the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy took a grisly turn after Ukraine published an image of a tiny corpse of a baby lying in a field, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of murdering the infant.

"This baby's death is on your conscience," said a senior Ukraine government adviser Anton Gerashchenko, as quoted by Britain's Daily Mail.

"Damn you for centuries!" he added.

Flight MH17 went down in the conflict-torn region of east Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

There were three infants on the flight.

The Daily Mail reported the picture of the infant corpse was "too upsetting" and that it had decided not to publish it.

It also noted that Russian hurdles, alongside Ukraine's rhetoric, could hinder the probe into the missile attack.

Putin had earlier fought back suggestions by the United States and other European governments opposed to its support for Ukraine separatists, saying Kiev should be blamed for failing to reach a compromise with them.

Last night, Washington upped the ante when it said Russian troops could have fired the deadly Buk SA-11 missile at the Boeing 777-200 (9M-MRD).

"Because of the technical complexity of the SA-11 it is unlikely that the separatists could effectively operate the system without assistance from knowledgeable personnel. We cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating this system," said Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations.

“Russia can end this war. Russia must end this war," she told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council last night.

Meanwhile, gunmen yesterday prevented monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from observing the crash site in the battle-torn region of Donetsk, the rights and security watchdog said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday called for an emergency Parliament session on July 23 to condemn the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

This is the second tragedy to hit the national airline following the disappearance of flight MH370 on March 8. – July 19, 2014.