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Crews clear debris, bodies from MH17 crash site

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 01:37

Emergency workers clear bodies and debris from the Malaysian Airlines' crash site in eastern Ukraine, as a makeshift memorial is built to honor 298 lives lost. Multimedia Display (no reporter narration).

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MULTIMEDIA DISPLAY (NO REPORTER NARRATION) EDITOR'S PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT Rescue workers clear debris and bodies from the site of the Malaysian airliner crash in eastern Ukraine's town of Hrabove. A total of 298 people died as a result of the crash on Thursday (July 17). Emergency workers, who have to navigate reporting both to the authorities in Kiev and the rebels who control the crash site and other areas in the Donetsk region, will now need to pick through the debris spread across the Ukrainian steppe. As Ukraine accused the rebels of hiding evidence relating to the loss of the airliner, a separatist leader said items thought to be the stricken jet's "black boxes" were now in rebel hands. OSCE observers visited part of the crash site for a third day on Sunday (July 20). Just before their arrival, emergency workers found parts of three more bodies and put them in black body bags on the side of a road. At the site where the cockpit fell, in a field of sunflowers near the village of Razsypnoye, residents had made a small memorial shrine of flowers, candles in tiny jars and brightly colored teddy bears. Photocopied pictures of children and families killed in the disaster, apparently from news coverage of the victims, had been set out on the grass. All bodies, including that of a woman who had lain naked under a tarp about 50 meters away, had been removed. The disaster has sharply deepened the Ukrainian crisis in which the separatists in the Russian-speaking east have been fighting government forces since protesters in Kiev forced out a pro-Moscow president and Russia annexed Crimea in March.

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Crews clear debris, bodies from MH17 crash site

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 01:37