Concerns about mines near Malaysia Airlines wreckage

Concerns about mines near Malaysia Airlines wreckage

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GRABOVKA, UKRAINE - JULY 18: Ukrainian police officers search for human remains found in a field on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine. Air Malaysia flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed yesterday on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people including crew members, the majority of the passengers being Dutch nationals, believed to be at least 173, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians and 9 Britons. It has been speculated that the passenger aircraft was shot down by a surface to air missile by warring factions in the region. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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by Associated press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:52 AM

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukraine security spokesman says pro-Russia rebels have mined areas around the Malaysia Airlines crash site. And he says, “This makes the work of the international experts impossible.”

Investigators from the Netherlands have been trying to reach the site for four days, and today international observers trying to get to the scene were turned back after discussions with the rebels.

Nearly two weeks after the disaster, safety concerns and hindrance from separatists who control the area are still obstructing access to the site. Observers say wreckage has been cut, moved or otherwise tampered with.

Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces have taken control of a town just to the north of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Local officials in the region say fighting over the past 24 hours has killed 19 people.

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