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President Obama on Monday bluntly accused pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine of stealing evidence & improperly removing bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 & pressed Russia to compel the rebels to stop blocking an international investigation.
â€œWhat exactly are they trying to hide?â€ Obama asked in a hastily arranged statement on the south lawn of the White House. â€œThe burden now is on Russia to insist that the separatists stop tampering with the evidence.â€
The president noted that it has been four days since the passenger jet went down, killing all 298 people aboard. The United States blames a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by the rebels, who have extensive support from Moscow, including advanced weapons & training.
p>International investigators â€” including an American team â€” have traveled to Ukraine to carry out a full investigation.
â€œUnfortunately, the Russian-backed separatists who control the area continue to block the investigation. Theyâ€™ve repeatedly prevented international investigators from gaining full access to the wreckage,â€ including by firing their weapons into the air when the teams approached the site, Obama charged.
â€œThese separatists are removing evidence from the crash site,â€ the president said. â€œMoreover, these Russian-backed separatists are removing bodies from the crash site, oftentimes without the care that we would normally expect.â€
â€œRussia has extraordinary influence over these separatists â€” no one denies that,â€ Obama underlined. â€œRussia has urged them on. Russia has trained them. We know that Russia has armed them with military equipment & weapons including anti-aircraft weapons.â€
â€œGiven its direct influence over the separatists, Russia â€” & President Putin in particular â€” has a direct responsibility to compel them to cooperate with the investigation,â€ Obama said.
â€œThat is the least that they can do.â€
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Source: “Olivier Knox, Yahoo News”