Observers, investigators kept away from crash site by fighting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — A member of an observation team trying to reach the debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine says, "We are sick and tired of being interrupted by gunfights."

Heavy fighting near the debris field today again prevented an international police team from reaching the site, which it is supposed to secure. The Australian and Dutch police and forensic experts stopped in a town about 20 miles away.

Government troops have stepped up their push to win back territory from pro-Russian separatists in fighting that the United Nations said today has killed more than 1,100 people in four months.

Meanwhile, the flight recorders from the Malaysia Airlines jet are revealing more about what happened.

According to a Ukrainian security spokesman, the recorders show that the plane suffered a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel. The spokesman says the fragments that hit the plane came from a missile.

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