The nephew of a British man killed in the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine has hit out at the "degrading and inhumane" treatment of the victims by pro-Russian rebels controlling the area.
Jordan Withers, whose uncle Glenn Thomas a World Health Organisation spokesman and former ITV journalist, was among the 298 victims of the crash, said the family have not taken the option of travelling to the crash site as they believed it would be too distressing. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, he said:
"It's quite raw still and apparently you would fly into Kiev and an eight hour coach journey there to see scenes you've not even seen in a horror film.
"Some of the scenes I've been seeing, people emptying bags and bodies - it's not something our family would be ready to see, and I don't think we will be for a long time."
"Seeing the news this morning, they have been loading them on to trains like cargo. And it's just degrading and inhumane. You wouldn't treat anyone like that. It's 2014, you can't believe it's still going on really. It's unbelievable."
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