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Ukraine Liveblog Day 155
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MH17 Wreckage May Have Been Tampered With
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OSCE monitors at the MH17 crash site have told the BBC that "major pieces of the wreckage" appear to have been tampered with.

Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the OSCE, who has been at the scene with other monitors, spoke to the BBC's Dan Damon on the World Update programme on the World Service:

Bociurkiw: We're observing that major pieces, and I'm looking at the tail fin as I said, and then there's also the rear cone section of the aircraft, they do look different than when we first saw them. In other words, they've been cut into. And one main cone section has been almost split in half. And this in addition to an observation we made two days ago that the cockpit section and the after the first class section, which is about two kilometres from here, we observed uniformed men cutting into them with a diesel power saw.

Damon: To what end? Were you able to ask them why they were doing that?

Bociurkiw: They did not tell us. And at that time there was active body and body parts recovery, but, you know, we must say that we had been told that they had recovered some 35 or so bodies in that particular location and that was all the bodies that had been found there. 

 Here is a Souncloud link to the original BBC audio: