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Two weeks after the crash of the Malaysian airliner, passenger belongings remain in the fields of eastern Ukraine. (Source: CNN) Two weeks after the crash of the Malaysian airliner, passenger belongings remain in the fields of eastern Ukraine. (Source: CNN)

EASTERN UKRAINE (CNN) - In eastern Ukraine, there is a shaky cease-fire around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that seemed to eventually take hold on Friday.

The skyline showing smoke around the crash site did not bode well for inspectors trying to work there en masse.

The front lines are changing so fast.

The Ukrainian army is just two miles from the wreckage.

They've been saying they're advancing for days, but that is the first visual confirmation that the Ukrainian army is now two miles from the crash site.

And then, grad rockets in their wake. The fighting consistent as we neared the crash site where so many souls have found so little dignity.

But under the shade of the trees, gathered in a moment of respectful silence, was a sight so many had waited two weeks for.

The full complement of Dutch and Australian inspectors, finally here.

"We are in a very special place and in a very special time on this field of remembrance. A lot of grief is attached to this place,” one team member said. "We are expecting to have search dogs here in the near future, and other technologies we will use to try and maximize our time on task."

Artillery though in the backdrop.

The work slow, grim, detailed with cameras, gloves and buckets, but vital.

The relatives of the 298 people who died on MH 17 have waited more than two weeks for this moment, for this work to begin in earnest.

But one key question remains: How consistent, how thorough can they be with the noise of artillery still on the horizon?

Eighty bodies could still lie out around the site at the mercy of the elements, even fire.

Pictures showing one piece of plane wreckage in a field scorched by a fire just on Thursday. The cause of the fire is not known.

Vital work has begun in these fields. But, no answer it yields can undo the small and final indignities inflicted here.

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