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Weapon fire turns back team investigating Malaysian crash site

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A convoy of international investigators was not allowed to travel to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner due to fighting between separatists and Ukraine national forces. (Source: CNN) A convoy of international investigators was not allowed to travel to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner due to fighting between separatists and Ukraine national forces. (Source: CNN)

EASTERN UKRAINE (CNN) - A team of international investigators has turned back after attempting to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

They blamed the U-turn on ongoing violence in the area.

Days of planning, talking, but now for Dutch and Australian police, with OSCE monitors, it's time to move.

Roads cleared by separatists for a convoy, half of them journalists.

Moving toward where flight MH 17 still lay in part.

Stopped on the edge of the town of Shakhtorsk where the separatists, digging in on the roadside, blocked the media's road while the inspectors continued.

Soon we heard distant shelling and learned the inspectors had to turn back.

They are taking up positions along this road but people fleeing along this road say planes dropped bombs. They say planes dropped bombs and they are fleeing for their lives. A difficult place for the convoy to carry through.

A steady flow of fear.

“The planes flew from this direction, my little one, she's terrified,” a man says.

We see more smoke.

A car load saying there are Ukrainians there, but it's hard to distinguish them from separatists.

On the back roads they also fled, and we soon heard, from too close, why.

Rockets landed nearby.

Quiet farm lives were torn apart by the violence before it brought MH 17 down.

Now it keeps both these people and the relatives of the plane's dead in limbo.

They will not get the answers or closure they need until inspectors can start work. The inspectors felt let down by both the Ukrainian army and separatists.

The Ukrainians are on the move  toward where the monitors were going.  

“Obviously the frustration is there with us. We haven't seen any troop movement ourselves. I can't confirm what the press has been stating. If we go back to the drawing table, we will hope that we have a more substantial agreement,” said an investigator.

Each day lost though, another 24 hours of pain for the relatives of those on MH 17.

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