Photos of the MH17 crash site after jet was shot down over Ukraine

  • Monitors (C, back) from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe inspect a refrigerator wagon, which according to employees and local residents contains bodies of passengers from the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane, at a railway station in the town of Torez, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, July 20, 2014.
  • A row of seats from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are lie in a field on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.
  • An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard near a piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk, Ukraine on July 20, 2014.
  • Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.
  • Old records are seen near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a field near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk, Ukraine on July 20, 2014.
  • Ukrainian rescue workers walk through a wheat field with a stretcher as they collect the bodies of victims at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
  • Women visit the site where the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crashed in a field of sunflowers on July 19, 2014 in Rassipnoye, Ukraine.
  • Flowers lie on debris from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane which was downed on Thursday near the village of Rozsypne, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on July 18, 2014.
  • Pro-Russian fighters are seen at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, July 18, 2014. 
  • A man covers a body with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane crashed Thursday, killing all 298 aboard.
  • Men look at the wreckage Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine.
  • Miners inspect a piece of debris found in a field from the Malaysia Airlines plane on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine.
  • A picture taken on July 18, 2014 shows belongings of passengers on the site of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a day after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine.
  • A woman looks at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine.
  • People pray for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 at a church outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 18, 2014.
  • A woman, who said that she believed a relative of hers was on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, cries as she waits for more information about the crashed plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang July 18, 2014.
  • A man and a young girl place bouquets of flowers in commemoration of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine in front of the Netherlands embassy in Kiev, Ukraine on July 17, 2014. 
  • Family members leave Schiphol airport in a provided bus on July 17, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • A firefighter sprays water to extinguish a fire, on July 17, 2014, amongst the wreckages of the Malaysian airliner that crashed in rebel-held east Ukraine.
  •  Men search for remains of bodies in a field near the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
  • People walk amid the debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
  • Armed pro-Russian separatists stand at the site of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.
  • An Emergencies Ministry member walks near the site of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.
  • Luggage is seen at the site of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight, which was carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
  • A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines plane, which was carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, after it crashed near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine.

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A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed Thursday in Ukraine, near the Russian border. According to senior U.S. officials, the passenger plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the disputed Donetsk region of the country, where pro-Russian separatists have for months been fighting Ukrainian security forces.

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that “it’s pretty clear” that Russia supplied the separatists in Ukraine with the weapon, laying out evidence from US intelligence and social media linking the separatists to the attack.

“We know with confidence—with confidence—that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point and time. So it obviously points a very clear finger at the separatists,” he said on CNN.

Flight 17 was almost three hours into an over 11 hour flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the Boeing 777 came down. All 283 passengers and 15 crew are believed dead. At least one American citizen is believed to have been killed on the flight.

Pro-Russian separatists denied responsibility for the crash. But Anton Gerashenk, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, wrote on his Facebook page that the plane was downed by a Russian surface-to-air missile known as a Buk, which can strike targets far above Flight 17’s last reported altitude of 33,000 feet.

The separatist rebels have reportedly taken custody of the bodies at the crash site, according to Ukrainian officials.

David Taintor, Joy Y. Wang, and Suzy Khimm contributed to this story.

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