UPDATE: President Obama Addresses Investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash

President Obama made another address about the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash. 

International teams are in Ukraine waiting to gain access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he has reached an agreement with pro-Russian rebels. The pro-Russian rebels have agreed to give Malaysia both black boxes. Also included in the agreement, independent international investigators will have safe access to the crash site.  

PM Razak also says the remains of 282 victims will be moved by train to Kharkiv in Ukraine and given to Dutch authorities. Those remains will then be flown to Amsterdam.

Monday, President Obama called on Russia to get involved and allow a proper investigation to start.

Victims families and home countries are fighting for proper handling of the bodies and asking them to be allowed to return home.

Ukraine Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, says those involved will be liable for this international crime. “Those who have committed these international crimes, those responsible will be held accountable and together with the entire international community we will bring to justice everyone responsible.”

Leaders of Britain, France, Germany, and Australia, all spoke to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, over the phone Sunday.

President Obama also spoke Thursday on the crash, stating what we know and requesting an immediate cease fire in Ukraine. He also identified one American citizen who was on board the flight. 

Ukraine believes pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Thursday, but the rebels deny responsibility. 

A security service in Ukraine says they intercepted two phone conversations that show the rebels were responsible. The recordings have not be verified. 

Ukraine believes Russia supplied the separatists with the missile system that they say hit the plane. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin blames Ukraine saying: “this tragedy would not have happened if there were peace” in Ukraine and military actions had not been renewed.

Bodies of passengers and debris from the Boeing 777 are littered across a rebel-held village just 25 miles from the Russian border. There was no sign of any survivors.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 took off from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people aboard.

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