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MH17 Land Mines at Crash Site? Ukraine Officials Warn Against Explosives

By    |   Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 02:00 PM

Ukrainian officials warned that land mines could impede the investigation of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot out of the sky near the country's Russian border on July 17, killing all 298 people aboard.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko, who claimed that the pro-Russian separatists had laid the mines on the crash site's access road. Time reported via The Associated Press that there was heavy fighting around the previously militarized area, with at least 19 killed in the 24 hours before.

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Many investigators, including workers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, avoided visiting on Wednesday after encountering rebels and turning around.

CNN reported that, "It was the fourth straight day the OSCE has joined the 50-strong team of Dutch and Australian investigators in declaring the region too dangerous to work in. Dutch investigators have yet to lay eyes on the wreckage or the human remains believed still to be strewn across the huge debris field near the town of Torez."

Nonetheless, the network's reporters traveled to the crash site that day, and arrived safely. Reporters saw one rebel presence on the road to the site, and four points of smoke from artillery fire were seen from the site itself. Human remains, plane wreckage, and personal belongings from damaged luggage were seen scattered around the site.

The U.S. and Ukraine governments have claimed the plane was shot down with missiles that came from Russia, however Russia has denied those claims, arguing that the Ukrainians shot down the plane.

One American and at least seven prominent AIDS researchers died in the flight that was headed to Malaysia from the Netherlands.

Since the crash of Flight MH17, roughly 10 journalists have been detained by separatists in eastern Ukraine, who've declared the area the Donetsk People's Republic.




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Ukrainian officials warned that land mines could impede the investigation of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot out of the sky near the country's Russian border on July 17, killing all 298 people aboard.
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