Parts of wreckage are seen at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Against the distant backdrop of artillery blasts, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine and began the painstaking search for the remains of as many as 80 victims.It was impossible to tell how far away shells were landing and whether the Ukrainian army or rebel forces were firing.Ukraine and the West contend the plane was shot down by the rebels with a Russian-supplied missile.Ukrainian forces and rebels have been battling in that area for several days but the town is still in rebel hands.Another Ukraine defense spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said another 13 soldiers have been reported missing in action after the attack.Ukraine has routinely accused Russia of supplying rebels with heavy weaponry and firing rockets onto Ukraine from its territory.Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Russian troops lobbed shells across border at Ukrainian troops on at least four separate occasions on Wednesday and Thursday.
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