Investigators Reach M17 Crash Site in Ukraine

Created: 07/31/2014 11:34 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, but that hasn't kept an international team of investigators from reaching the debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

It's the first time they've been able to reach the site since the plane was brought down by a missile two weeks ago. They were allowed through a checkpoint leading to the crash site this afternoon by a militiaman who then fired a warning shot from his rifle to keep reporters from going along.

The police and forensic experts are expected to initially focus their efforts on retrieving bodies and collecting the belongings of victims.

It remains unclear exactly how many bodies remain and what condition they are in after being exposed for so long to the elements.

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