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International investigators arrive at MH17 crash site

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Ukraine announced a one-day cease-fire to allow international investigators a safe trip to the crash site. (Source: CNN) Ukraine announced a one-day cease-fire to allow international investigators a safe trip to the crash site. (Source: CNN)
The MH17 crash site still reeks of jet fuel. (Source: CNN) The MH17 crash site still reeks of jet fuel. (Source: CNN)
A field of sunflowers stands watch over the MH17 crash site. (Source: CNN) A field of sunflowers stands watch over the MH17 crash site. (Source: CNN)
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DONETSK, UKRAINE (CNN) – Investigators from the Netherlands and Australia have finally reached the crash site of Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine and they are now examining the wreckage.

The breakthrough comes after Ukraine announced a one-day cease-fire to allow safe passage of the international team.

The road to the crash site is not easy to navigate. It goes past shelling and eerie separatist checkpoints. But where it leads is harder still.

In beauty that nothing surely could spoil, lies a horror still unresolved. It’s been several days since MH17 was blown out of the sky. It remains on the ground a monument to cruelty and to how 298 souls, some shipped away in parts on a separatist train, have yet to find complete rest.

There are many questions left. What or who else did they love? What did it feel like in their last moments?

The silence in the fields is like that of a tomb, like sorrow and loss have isolated it from the war around it. But you have to stand there and see the things people wanted to take with them on holiday and still smell the stench of decay to understand the urgency of the relatives of those who died there must feel to get inspectors there and get some sort of closure.

In the hour that reporters were there, no separatists, inspectors or Ukrainian soldiers were at the crash site, just distant smoke that explains why the inspectors’ large convoy has had such trouble getting to there.

The crash site still reeks of jet fuel and one can still see the heat of the inferno they fell from the sky in.

The scene of this crime has been abandoned and evidence tampered with. What must be shrapnel holes are visible in the cockpit’s remains. Wallets have been emptied, a cellphone looted.

Traces of daydreams that fell from the jet stream into a war whose daily horrors drowned out that which took their lives, whose blind hatred has yet to find space for the minor dignities they deserve.

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