Monitors work to secure Malaysia Airlines crash site as Ukraine accuses Russia of destroying evidence

International teams of investigators and monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields littered with debris and decomposing corpses of the victims of a Malaysia airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as they try to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted.

Malaysia Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said at a news conference Saturday in Kuala Lumpur that “the integrity of the site has been compromised, and there are indications that vital evidence has not been preserved in place.” He called for immediate access for Malaysia’s team at the site to retrieve human remains of the 298 victims, and said “we need the support of the world to ensure that the site is not tampered, that we have access to the site.”

The crash that killed all 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 Thursday intensified the already-high animosity on all sides of the conflict as pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government traded charges about who was responsible for shooting down the Boeing 777 with a surface-to-air missile.


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