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Scenes Of Tragedy At The MH17 Crash Site

One year ago, on July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Photographer Petr Shelomovskiy of RFE/RL's Current Time TV program documented the disaster in its immediate aftermath, and returned to the crash site near the village of Grabovo repeatedly in the months that followed.


Flowers and candles are placed near wreckage at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Grabovo on July 19, 2014, two days after the plane was shot down.
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Flowers and candles are placed near wreckage at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Grabovo on July 19, 2014, two days after the plane was shot down.

Shortly after the disaster, rescue workers carry body bags containing the remains of passengers and crew from flight MH17.
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Shortly after the disaster, rescue workers carry body bags containing the remains of passengers and crew from flight MH17.

Pictures found among the victims' belongings
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Pictures found among the victims' belongings

A woman passes by the wreckage of MH17 on July 20, 2014.
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A woman passes by the wreckage of MH17 on July 20, 2014.

A child's doll is seen among the victims' belongings scattered near the village of Grabovo.
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A child's doll is seen among the victims' belongings scattered near the village of Grabovo.

Body bags are lined up near the crash site on July 20, 2014.
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Body bags are lined up near the crash site on July 20, 2014.

An investigator takes notes during a visit by OSCE monitors.
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An investigator takes notes during a visit by OSCE monitors.

An armed separatist fighter surveys the crash site.
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An armed separatist fighter surveys the crash site.

A body part is seen in the field where the fragments of the plane came down.
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A body part is seen in the field where the fragments of the plane came down.

Emergency workers carry a body bag.
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Emergency workers carry a body bag.

Residents of the village of Grabovo stand near the crash site.
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Residents of the village of Grabovo stand near the crash site.

OSCE monitors visit the crash site.
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OSCE monitors visit the crash site.

A section of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane
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A section of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane

Toys left by local residents in memory of dozens of children who were among the victims.
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Toys left by local residents in memory of dozens of children who were among the victims.

Dutch investigators inspect the wreckage. The flight departed from Amsterdam with mostly Dutch passengers on board.
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Dutch investigators inspect the wreckage. The flight departed from Amsterdam with mostly Dutch passengers on board.

The charred passport of Mabel Anthonysamy Soosai from Malaysia is seen among the debris on April 1, 2015.
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The charred passport of Mabel Anthonysamy Soosai from Malaysia is seen among the debris on April 1, 2015.

A sign forbidding access to the crash site, April 4, 2015
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A sign forbidding access to the crash site, April 4, 2015

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