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Hammond calls Russia to use its influence to allow investigators to start work at the crash site of Flight MH17

By Simon Harris: ITV News Correspondent

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has called on Russia to use its influence to allow investigators to start work at the crash site of Flight MH17. Mr Hammond said the government was determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice amid growing evidence of a missile attack.

The Foreign Secretary accused Russian-backed separatists of frustrating the efforts of international investigators.

We still can't be categoric about the cause of this terrible accident but there's a growing body of evidence that clearly suggests a missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine and it looks increasingly as though that is what happened. Our focus now is on securing the site so there can be a proper international investigation to identify the cause and the perpetrators so that we can bring them to justice and in making sure the victims are dealt with proper dignity and respect. The reports coming from the site are confused but it is clear that the monitors that have been in have not had free and unfettered access and there are parts of the site to which it is impossible to gain access.

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

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