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MH17 crash site remains insecure, off-limits to investigators

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Fighting continues to keep international teams from reaching the site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash that killed nearly 300 people. (Source: CNN) Fighting continues to keep international teams from reaching the site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash that killed nearly 300 people. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Western powers bring sanctions against Russia, blaming President Vladimir Putin for the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting continues to keep international teams from reaching the site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 - the crash of which killed nearly 300 people.

The road to Hrabove may look calm, but it isn’t. The sounds of violence in the distance still stop investigators from reaching the crashed aircraft.

"We made it the other day, two-thirds of the way to the crash site. Once we got there, it was clear the bombing and shelling was extremely heavy," Michael Bociurkiw, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe spokesman, said.

It's been nearly two weeks since a suspected surface-to-air missile took Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the sky. Officials say there could still be human remains among the debris.

International observers have reached the site before, but those teams didn't include the Dutch investigators in charge of finding out what happened. Those investigators - along with a dozen Australian experts - haven't seen the wreckage for themselves.

"Every day that goes by is another day lost in terms of possible loss of human remains and of really crucial evidence," Bociurkiw said.

The U.S. and the European Union accuse Russia of training and arming rebels in eastern Ukraine and perpetuating the crisis.

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday, the U.S. and the European Union would enforce new sanctions against Russia.

"What it is, is a very specific issue related to Russia's unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path," Obama said.

"It wasn't just the United States moving. The European Union moved in a strong way as well. That's what we have been pressing them to do for several days now," said Ben Rhodes, White House Deputy National Security Adviser.

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