Jul 21, 2014

By Scott Walker

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Western leaders are calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence on pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to allow access the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

The pro-Russian rebels control the crash site and have the plane’s black boxes. They are also suspected of shooting down the plane with a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. And there are fears they are tampering with the evidence.

Some 250 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. They are being kept in refrigerated railway cars. But it is unclear when they will be released.

Canada and European leaders are warning of more sanctions on Russia if Putin doesn’t force the rebels to open up the crash site.

Australia’s Prime Minister is proposing a resolution at the U-N Security Council calling for a full international investigation into the crash. Tony Abbott spoke to Vladimir Putin early today and says  he said all the right words, but Abbott is waiting for him to put those words into action.

Putin is accusing Western leaders of using the tragedy for political gain.

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