Investigators Get Access to MH17 Crash Site
Ukraine parliament approves 950 armed troops to secure site
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2014 7:46 AM CDT
Updated Jul 31, 2014 7:59 AM CDT
People walk across an exploded bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(Newser) – International investigators were finally able to access the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash site today after a week of frustrated attempts. Ukraine halted its military campaign in the Donetsk region, though Kiev says pro-Russian separatists are not respecting requests by the UN to cease fighting near the crash site, Reuters reports. The AP reports that rebels still appear to control the site, which will be secured by 950 armed, international troops whose deployment was approved by Ukraine’s parliament today, according to AFP.

The bevy of officials now at the site includes observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and four Australian and Dutch police experts; 68 Malaysian police officers are also in Kiev to assist with the investigation, the BBC reports. Russian aviation experts intend to visit and investigate debris at the site as well, alongside international investigators. They will “hand over all the materials” requested by the head of the investigation, according to a statement.

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Aug 1, 2014 12:23 AM CDT
It is just amazing, how the western media so shamelessly twists the facts, by saying that "rebells" aren't respecting "no fire" agreement! The freedom fighters of the eastern Ukraine have been the ones to protect the crash sight from Kiev's fascists that were trying to wipe off all the evidence of their screw up!
Jul 31, 2014 3:07 PM CDT
What standing do Russian aviation officials have in this investigation? It isn't their jet, it wasn't their passengers, it didn't originate in Russia, it wasn't heading to Russia, and it didn't come down in Russia.
Jul 31, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
Now wait a minute. Yesterday "government security spokesman Andriy Lysenko" said the rebels were laying mines in the area. Now AP says this. Wonder what Mr. Lysenko has to say today?