Ukraine Crash Site Still Not Secure

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) - Although the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner are on their way to the Netherlands, and the black box recorders are being turned over to the airline, similar progress isn't being seen at the crash site itself.

The pro-Russian separatists who are in control of the area are showing little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation that's being demanded by world leaders. The wreckage is still unguarded across a wide stretch of farmland. International observers say there are signs that the debris is being mishandled or even tampered with.

A rebel leader is quoted by Russia's Interfax news agency as saying the insurgents are willing to guarantee the security of all international experts. But it's not clear if that means the investigators will have complete access.

A train carrying remains of the victims arrived today in Ukrainian government-held territory. The bodies are expected to be flown tomorrow to the Netherlands, where a day of mourning has been declared.

It's not clear how many of the 282 bodies found so far were on the train. The crash killed all 298 people aboard. About two-thirds were from the Netherlands.


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