Villagers Snap Cell Phone Photos While Impartial Investigators Wait on Sidelines

(Donetsk) -- The international community is iced out while pro-Russian villagers are free to wander the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, snapping pictures with their cell phones. There are reports of corpses being looted of personal possessions, bagged and tossed unceremoniously into the backs of trucks. Other victims are simply left on the ground amid charred, mangled wreckage. This is just part of the scene playing out in Ukraine, where an airliner packed with innocent civilians was apparently blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile Thursday.
Western powers are desperate to get observers onto the crash site as the crime scene grows more contaminated by the hour. Many of the victims were from the Netherlands and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he is appalled by the "completely disrespectful behavior at this tragic place." He called on militants to give Dutch investigators immediate access to the crash site.
The United States believes pro-Russian separatists shot down the plane with the use of a Russian surface-to-air missile system. However Ukraine's Prime Minister says he believes Russian nationals launched the missile, not the "drunken gorillas" who make up eastern Ukraine's ill-trained rebel forces.