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Russian-backed separatists in possession of flight recorders, seek to hide evidence, intercepted phone calls show (VIDEO, ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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July 20, 2014, 6:17 p.m. | Ukraine — by Helen Mukhina, Vlad Lavrov

Malaysia Airlines flight recorders, the key pieces of evidence, that would enable determine the cause of deadly air crash killing nearly 300 civilians, might already be in posession of separatist groups.
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Helen Mukhina

Helen Mukhina is a native of Kyiv and a part-time Kyiv Post staff member. She graduated from Kyiv National Linguistic University in 2010 and knows Ukrainian, Russian and English. She worked as a guide for American army soldiers who studied the Russian language in Kyiv and has three years of experience in journalism.

Vlad Lavrov

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Militant groups of self-proclaimed Donbas People's Republic might already be in possession of at least two Malaysia Airlines Boeing's flight recorders and are keen to get ahold of all the evidence from its crash site, citing "interest" from Moscow. The conversation shows that the separatists are intent on obstructing an international investigation under way.

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