Earlier today, AMN, along with major news organizations reported that a group of international observers were headed to the scene of devastation in Ukraine to investigate the tragedy.
However, as CNN is now reporting:
“A spokesman for 21 international monitors who on Friday visited the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine said the team wasn’t “given the access that we expected.” Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe team, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour the group was “only allowed access to about a 200-meter strip” for about 75 minutes at the site, which he said was guarded by armed men in uniform. “One of our top priorities was to find out what happened to the black boxes. No one was there to answer those questions,” he said.”
Pro-Russian Separatists Halt Plane Investigation While They Loot The Crash Site
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 18, 2014
This is, unfortunately, not surprising given that these rebels are the same ones responsible for bringing the plane down. No doubt they don’t want anyone to conclusively prove that they did it. Instead, they will use this opportunity to blame the Ukrainian government and try to exploit this tragedy for their own cause. Petty actions by a small group of people bent on destroying the way of life of an entire country.
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Pro-Russian forces are picking through debris at the MH17 crash site, making any future investigation of the scene more difficult.