Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees search for bodies amongst the wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC
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Rebels in eastern Ukraine took full control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and European leaders issued a strong call for Russian President Vladimir Putin to make sure international investigators had full access to the crash site.Ukraine and the separatists accuse each other of firing a surface-to-air missile Thursday at Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur some 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) above the battlefields of eastern Ukraine.A wave of international outrage over how the bodies of the plane crash victims were being handled came amid fears that the armed rebels who control the crash site could be tampering with the evidence there.Donetsk rebel leader Alexander Borodai said the bodies recovered from the crash site would remain in refrigerated train cars in the rebel-held town of Torez, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the crash site, until the arrival of an international aviation delegation.By Sunday morning, AP journalists saw no bodies and no armed rebels at the crash site.Alexander Pilyushny, an emergency worker combing the crash site for body parts Sunday, told the AP it took the rebels several hours Saturday to cart away the bodies.Kharkiv is 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the crash site.
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