Families are expressing their anger towards Vladimir Putin, who has apparently obstructed the access to the crash site. This means that clearing the wreckage and bringing justice to those responsible for the crash has not yet been possible. The Malaysian Airlines plane, which crashed 9 months ago in eastern Ukraine, was on its way to Kuala Lumpur when its thought to be hitted by a missile, resulting in the deaths of all 298 passengers and crew.
Although around 800 human possessions and fragments were sent to The Netherlands at the end of March this year, the MailOnline, who visited the site last week, claim that there are still more items to be recovered. A photographer found the torn remains of a passport photo page of one of the passengers, while locals in the neighbouring Grabovo village have said that a woman's foot was spotted recently.
The news has sparked pleas from families, to allow authorities to be granted access to the site. A relative of one of the victims told MailOnline that knowing the personal items of their lost loved ones are still out there, is a stark reminder of just how terrible it was the tragedy, something that 'the authorities seem to forget'. Another has appealed directly to President Putin, asking that he and his supporters 'come clean' about what actually happened, so that justice may be done for the victims' families.
Evidence from the site could be crucial for the forensic analysis, concerning the cause of the crash. This continual blocking of access to the site has made the investigations, currently being carried out in The Netherlands, hugely difficult. Investigators have described the lack of access as 'shameful'. Although many larger fragments have been taken, there are rumours among local villagers that some parts of the plane have been sold for scrap or simply 'vanished' from the scene. Meanwhile, the Dutch Council for Transportation was told this month, by Ukrainian officials, that 'access to the crash site remains problematic.'