Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Witness says rebels prevent monitors from approaching plane wreckage in east Ukraine

An armed pro-Russia militant attempts to stop journalists from accessing the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
An armed pro-Russia militant attempts to stop journalists from accessing the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HRABROVE, Ukraine (REUTERS) - Armed rebels stopped monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Saturday from approaching the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine, forming a perimeter along the field's edge, a Reuters witness reported.

The witness heard a representative for the pro-Russian rebels tell the international monitors that they would be informed of the results of the rebels' investigation later.

Local staff for the emergencies ministry were also heard telling the OSCE they had brought bags containing bodies to the road at the edge of the crash site but they would not say where the bodies had been taken.