With 28 Australians dead I do not think it is a great idea to be promoting a pro-Russian stance at the moment. Best to keep such ideas to yourself at the moment. It will be interesting to see what Putkin does next. I could imagine that sheer panic would be the order of the day in Moscow. Gee, what do we do next?
Pro-Russian? How about pro fact?
And if I continue on this path of looking beyond the official narrative, daring to question what our great leader Abbott and his boss Obama are feeding us, what are you going to do about it - give me some evidence that proves Russia did more than manufacture the weapons used? You haven't yet. Nor has Abbott, Obama and so on. But if it's there, I want to see it and welcome its publication.
Forgive me for not trusting the story of the intercepted recordings provided by the Ukrainian government, which were broadcast worldwide almost immediately after the incident. If you don't know much about that government, its legitmacy, political "donors", ideology and nasty habits, do a bit of research and you might see why I don't consider them fit to write my version of history.
I don't mean to sound like a "pro-Russian rebel", but if you really think "sheer panic is the order of the day in Moscow", you're off with the fairies. This is a cold war between competing global powers and will remain so - and what happens in cold wars? Lots of innocent people get killed, proxy wars, countries are carved up and puppet governments/client states installed etc.
This tragedy has almost certainly made things more difficult for Russia on the global political front, which is why they have every reason not to have been involved. It's also why suggestions have been made that the Ukrainians did it themselves to create their own Lusitania moment, using Russian made equipment which, as a former Soviet state, they already had (the "using weapons supplied by Russia" line glosses over the fact that in the Ukraine, most military hardware is of Russian/Soviet heritage, so the chances of Russian weapons being used is pretty good, no matter who did it). The fledgling, incompetent and corrupt US puppet government in Kiev stands to gain the most from Russia copping the blame. Is that what happened? I don't know, but for me it's more plausible than suggestions that Russia did it or ordered the rebels to do it.
"With 28 Australians dead", as you put it (and the other 270 human lives of equal value also lost), it's a great tragedy. Blame and bash the hell out of the Russians for causing it if you like, and I'll maintain what I consider a healthy degree of suspicion about not only this event but what has transpired in the Ukraine over the last year, because as far as I can tell the US is deeply involved in what has been going on. They overthrew a pro Moscow government in a country that has been under the Russian sphere of influence for a long time, and they want access to the Ukraine's delectable energy reserves. Oh, and surprise, surprise, many Ukrainians are not happy with their new puppet rulers, their neo-nazi allegiances and ethnic cleansing agenda, or the idea of being forced to join the EU. Imagine how the US would react if Russia overthrew the Mexican government. We've already had the Cuban crisis as an example of the hysterics we could expect, as well as propaganda from previous US incursions into former Soviet territory; then there's the American attitude towards various South American nations where they overthrew numerous governments and invaded, interference in Iran, Libya, Syria and any other place of strategic importance to the US that is not under US control... They just don't have any credibility when it comes to these matters, so if you believe everything they say, you've likely been misled. There's nothing new going on here, it's just terrible that 298 innocent people have been caught up in it, along with the many Ukrainians of all ethnicities who are still being killed by shelling and rocket attacks ordered by Kiev.