International observer: "There doesn't seem to be one commander in charge"
Dutch Prime Minister calls crash site problems "downright disgusting"
Ukrainian PM claims "someone well-trained" fired missile at Flight 17
Rebels, Russia of trying to destroy evidence, Ukrainian officials say
Nobody knows how many bodies from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash have been moved, where they were taken or exactly who moved them, the spokesman for a group of international observers told CNN on Saturday.
Michael Bociurkiw of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe told “Erin Burnett OutFront” the group went to the crash site in a remote section of eastern Ukraine on Saturday and saw men moving an unknown number of body bags.
It’s hard to get reliable information because several groups of pro-Russian separatists – some of them masked – control the area, he said. “But there doesn’t seem to be one commander in charge.”
Separatists are suspected of shooting down the plane with a Russian-made surface-to-air missile on Thursday.
Three air crash investigators from Ukraine accompanied the OSCE observers but didn’t have much time to do their work, he said. “They need a lot more time and a lot more freedom of access,” Bociurkiw said.
Pressure on Putin
More world powers have deplored the situation and asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence on the separatists.
“Yesterday, the [OSCE] monitors were allowed only 75 minutes at the site,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement released Saturday night. “Today, they were allowed less than three hours. …
“The site is not secure, and there are multiple reports of bodies being removed, parts of the plane and other debris being hauled away, and potential evidence tampered with. This is unacceptable and an affront to all those who lost loved ones and to the dignity the victims deserve.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote a Sunday Times op-ed piece urging Putin to somehow make the crash site more accessible and calm the strife between Ukraine and the separatists. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke out as well.
“I want to see results in the form of unimpeded access and rapid recovery,” Rutte said in a press briefing. Nearly two-thirds of the people on the jetliner, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, were Dutch.