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Ukraine rebels chase away monitoring team at crash site

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Pro-Russian militia members meet a monitoring team when they arrived at the site of the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner. (Source: CBS) Pro-Russian militia members meet a monitoring team when they arrived at the site of the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner. (Source: CBS)

HRABOVE, UKRAINE (CBS) The first international monitors to arrive on Friday at the site in Ukraine where parts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down found bodies strewn on the ground and restrictions from armed pro-Russia militiamen.

A 30-strong delegation, made up mostly of officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), travelled to the crash site on Friday. But at the village of Hrabove, rebel militiamen only allowed the OSCE team to perform a partial and superficial inspection and then chased them away.

"Listen to me carefully: I am not subordinate of your Kiev and your (Ukrainian President Petro) Poroshenko," one militia commander told the team. "So be so kind to follow my orders. You are on the territory of Donetsk People's Republic."

Alexander Hug, OSCE deputy head of mission, said the group was there partly to see whether the perimeter of the site had been secured. The International Civil Aviation Organization said in a news release on Friday night that it would send a team to Ukraine at the request of the Ukrainian government to assist in the official investigation into the downed plane. When investigators do arrive, they will face massive obstacles in deciphering a disaster scene spread over 8 square miles of contested ground in eastern Ukraine amid a conflict in which both sides have interests that may outweigh a desire to uncover the truth.

Hug briefed team members before they tried to look over the scene.

"...an investigative team on place here, but that is not our job. We're not investigating the cause for it, we also do not speculate on it. But what we are here for is to see what measures are in place, whether the perimeter is secured, and what measures have been taken to deal with this in a human and most efficient way," Hug said.

Pro-Russia militiaman using walkie-talkies to order other separatists to reposition so as to better keep an eye on the OSCE group.

A pro-Russia militia commander tells OSCE members: "I warn you once: You have security here. Whoever crosses the line and do not comply with my order will face the consequences," he said.

Militiamen stood guard near part of the crashed plane and closely watched OSCE members.

The militia commander told OSCE team members to leave, speaking in Italian, "Arrividerci!" and then in Russian, "You are going out of here. That's an order from your security. You can call command and agree on another meeting."

The OSCE convoy then left.

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