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Jul 19, 2014 2:00 PM

Countries Put Pressure on Putin to Help with Crash Investigation

The Hague, Netherlands- Several countries that lost citizens in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner are putting pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow investigators more access to the crash site.

An angry Dutch prime minister says he has had an "extremely intense" telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he urged him to "show the world he intends to help" in the investigation into the Ukraine air disaster.

Mark Rutte told reporters on Saturday that he told Putin he must use his influence over separatist rebels in Ukraine to ensure they do not hinder efforts to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The plane crashed Thursday, killing all 298 passengers and crew, most of them Dutch citizens.

Rutte says he was "shocked by images of completely disrespectful behavior" of rebels picking through the wreckage and personal belongings of victims at the crash scene.

Meanwhile, The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says it has been given more access today to the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash. But it says heavily armed rebels are restricting the movements of the 24-member delegation.

Ukraine is accusing Russia of helping the separatist rebels destroy evidence and says militiamen removed 38 bodies from the crash site and took them to the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

Dozens of bodies still lie in bags by the side of the road baking in the heat.

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