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Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

Ukraine foreign minister: Separatists still trying to manipulate Malaysia Airlines crash site

Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ukraine's foreign minister says pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said new fighting that prevented an international police team from getting to the site earlier Monday was the fault of the separatists who are "trying to wipe out any sort of traces" of their involvement. He said a cease-fire in the area of the crash site remains a priority for authorities in Kiev.

Klimkin said his government was struggling to deal with a constant inflow from Russia of fighters, money and weapons that are aimed at destabilizing Ukraine and punishing it for its Western leanings.

Updated : 2022-05-25 06:34 GMT+08:00