Forensic Team Unable To Reach MH17 Debris Field

Heavy fighting today in the area of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in Eastern Ukraine has, for a third day in a row, prevented a team of Dutch and Australian forensic experts from reaching the debris field.

Ukrainian authorities say the data from the plane’s black boxes show the plane was destroyed by shrapnel from a missile.

Yesterday, U.S. officials released satellite images that they say show rockets have been fired from Russia into Ukraine, and Russian heavy artillery has been sent into the region to help pro-Russian rebels there.

Paul Sonne of The Wall Street Journal was there when the parents of a victim reached the wreckage in hopes of finding their daughter, Fatima Dyczynski. Sonne speaks to Here & Now’s Robin Young.



  • Paul Sonne, Moscow correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, currently in Ukraine. He tweets @PaulSonne.
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