Twitter is quick, but too quick sometimes – recently it burst with photos of an evil Ukrainian militiaman who took a teddy bear from the victim of Malaysia plane crash as a trophy. But the full video shows he was just paying the tribute to the dead.
A photo signed “pro-Russian fighter holds up a toy found among the debris at the crash site of MH17” has been used by such major media outlets as the BBC and NBC. Some outlets went as far as to say that ‘pro-Russian fighters’ were collecting the belongings of passengers of the doomed Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight.
“Pro Russian holds up stuffed toy like trophy. Mr @PutinRF_Eng, are you proud of your compatriots?" wrote a twitter user John Gosling.
The internet users posted this photo saying the self-defense forces with OSCE observers were “picking through #MH17 jet debris.”
Ukraine’s news outlets were crueler to the members of self-defense forces at the scene of a crashed plane; they called the man terrorist who stole the toy.
What really happened?
In reality, the photo was taken during a visit of 30 OSCE
international observers who arrived at the scene of the crashed
plane to investigate the area. Among the OSCE group were the
members of self-defense forces in Donetsk region who accompanied
The footage shows that one of the members of self-defense troops
suddenly saw a teddy bear which apparently belonged to a child
who was among the 298 passenger on board the Malaysian jet.
“We want those bastards to see whom they shot down,” the man
said, “Do you see?” meaning that there were innocent
children who died in the crash.
Then he carefully put the toy back to a heap of other items that
used to belong to the passengers. After that he took off his cap
and marked himself with a sign of the cross paying the tribute to
the memory of the victims of the catastrophe.