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Observers, Crash Investigators Kept Away by Fighting in Ukraine

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A member of an observation team trying to reach the debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine says, "We are sick and tired of being interrupted by gunfights."
 
Heavy fighting near the debris field today again prevented an international police team from reaching the site, which it is supposed to secure. The Australian and Dutch police and forensic experts stopped in a town about 20 miles away.
 
Government troops have stepped up their push to win back territory from pro-Russian separatists in fighting that the United Nations said today has killed more than 1,100 people in four months.
 
Meanwhile, the flight recorders from the Malaysia Airlines jet are revealing more about what happened.

According to a Ukrainian security spokesman, the recorders show that the plane suffered a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel. The spokesman says the fragments that hit the plane came from a missile.

And - President Barack Obama and European leaders are conferring about next steps for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine.
 
The White House says Obama held a joint call Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande), British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
 
The call comes as the U.S. and European Union weigh tougher sanctions against Russia. The West accuses separatists in eastern Ukraine of shooting down a passenger jet earlier this month and blames Russia for supplying the rebels with equipment that can take down a plane.
 
Tougher U.S. sanctions are expected this week. The EU also reached a preliminary deal last week on sanctions that would target Russia's access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector and sensitive technologies.   (AP)
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