BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The first trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can’t wait for the finished product.
Speaking Sunday at a Fox event as part of the Television Critics Association press tour, the 34-year-old actor said he still believes in the film although he’s no longer a part of it.
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“I’m just really excited to see it. I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with (director) Sam (Taylor-Johnson) and play that character. I’m really, really curious.”
Hunnam went on to say it’s not fair to dismiss author E.L. James’ writing as so-called “mommy porn.”
“I think people really do that book a disservice when they reduce it to that type of talk,” he said. “What (E.L. James) actually created is a really sophisticated dynamic and presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject … Actually what she did was pretty brilliant.”
The Sons of Anarchy actor dropped out of the big-screen adaptation one month after it was announced he had landed the role of the billionaire Grey, a sexual “dominant” with major baggage who falls for an innocent college coed (played by Dakota Johnson.)
Universal Pictures and Focus Features said Hunnam’s preparation time for the movie was limited by his TV schedule. He was replaced shortly after by actor Jamie Dornan.
Hunnam admits walking away from the part was “pretty heartbreaking.”
“I don’t think people have had unchaperoned access to me since all of this went on … the CliffsNotes were exactly what we said. I couldn’t do it because of (the) schedule. It was as simple as that.”
The actor even said he would be willing to have his audition tape be included as a DVD extra for curious fans.
Hunnam says Dornan is “probably a lot better looking and a lot smoother” than he is.
“I would’ve brought a certain rugged charm to (the role) but believe me, he’s going to do just fine.”
Fifty Shades is scheduled to open on Valentine’s Day in 2015.
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HANOI, Vietnam – A typhoon that barrelled into northern Vietnam killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media said Monday, while in China the death toll from the strongest storm to strike the country’s south in four decades rose to 26.
Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Vietnam over the weekend, triggering heavy floods, destroying homes and crops, and blocking roads with landslides, said the Vietnam News, an English-language daily published by the official Vietnam News Agency.
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The paper’s website carried photos that showed streets and local markets in the city of Lang Son and elsewhere submerged in water, with residents floating on rubber tires or rafts or huddling under makeshift tents.
Rammasun had earlier battered southern China, killing 26 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.
It was the strongest typhoon to hit China’s southern region in 41 years, damaging roads and ports, cutting electricity and water supplies, and hampering rescue efforts as it swept through dozens of coastal cities.
Worst hit was the island province of Hainan, where the storm made its first landfall Friday. By Monday, 51,000 houses and 40,600 hectares (100,300 acres) of crops had been destroyed.
The typhoon wreaked havoc in the northern Philippines last week, leaving 94 people dead.
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WATCH: Tallahassee Police confirm Dan Markel’s death was a homicide and that he was the intended victim
TORONTO – Family and friends are mourning the death of a Toronto-raised law professor who was fatally shot in his Florida home last week.
Daniel Markel, 42 and a father of two, was shot inside his home in Tallahassee on Friday morning and died a day later in hospital.
Police are treating the death as a homicide, but have released few details in the case other than to say that it was a targeted attack.
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“The initial investigation has provided no indication that this case is connected to a burglary or robbery and investigators are assuring residents there is no evidence this was a random act,” a police statement read.
“Neighborhood residents should continue to be vigilant but it appears at this time that Mr. Markel was the intended victim in this incident.”
Police have set up a dedicated tip line for this investigation and are asking witnesses or anyone who may have been in the area of the 2100 block of Trescott Drive on Friday, July 18 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon to call 1 (850) 891-4462.
“TPD will work tirelessly to follow up on all leads and evidence in this case and our thoughts and prayers are with the Markel family as they endure this terrible tragedy,” said Tallahassee Police Department Chief Michael DeLeo in a media release.
WATCH: Colleagues remember Dan Markel at Sunday memorial service
Colleagues at Florida State University have been struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss.
A statement on the law school’s website said Markel “was an outstanding teacher and extraordinary scholar and colleague. His contributions to the law school and broader legal community were pervasive and lasting.”
A memorial was held Sunday which was attended by the victim’s sister.
“I don’t think I could have ever imagined this scenario. I’m still trying to see when I am going to wake up,” Shelly Markel told WTXL-TV.
Funeral arrangements are expected to be made later this week by Markel’s Toronto family.
NEW YORK – The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated Sex Tape failed to turn on moviegoers on a weekend where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes maintained its rule.
The science fiction sequel outmuscled a trio of new films to top the North American box office for the second-straight week with $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The acclaimed sequel to 2011’s reboot of the chimp franchise has now made $139 million domestically in two weeks.
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Its closest competion over the weekend was the home-invasion horror thriller The Purge: Anarchy, written and directed by James DeMoncaco. The low-budget sequel to last year’s surprise hit, The Purge, opened with $28.4 million, down from the $34.1 million the original scared up on opening weekend.
But Anarchy, which imagines an America where all crime is legal for 12 hours every year, was made for only $9 million, making it immediately profitable. Such success is the envy of most movies, particularly Sex Tape, a starrier, more expensive release that opened with $15 million.
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The Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz R-rated comedy failed to turn on moviegoers or critics. Sex Tape, in which a married couple makes a pornographic home video to stoke the flames of their lagging sex life, came in fourth place behind Planes: Fire & Rescue. The animated sequel to 2013’s Cars-offshoot, Planes, opened with $18 million.
In a limited release of 68 theatres, Zach Braff’s crowd-funded Wish I Was Here also arrived with a tiny weekend opening of $495,000. The film, Braff’s directorial follow-up to 2004’s Garden State, was much criticized for depending on fan contributions for funding. Wish I Was Here will expand to more theatres next week, but it is sure to fall far short of the $26.8 million Garden State earned.
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WATCH: Fire officials believe a cigarette butt caused a multi-million fire in west Edmonton Monday morning. Quinn Ohler reports.
EDMONTON – A fire ripped through a west Edmonton condominium early Monday morning, forcing about 400 people from their homes, and causing millions in damage.
“Early indications are that it’s a improperly disposed of smoking material,” said Edmonton District Fire Chief Don Cherniawski.
“It’s become a bit of a problem in the past. People don’t realize that these kind of things happen quite regularly.”
Edmonton Fire Rescue estimates the fire caused between $7 and $8 million dollars in damages.
As the sun came up, it became clear the roof in parts of the building was gone, leaving behind the charred remnants of trusses.
The fire began around 1:30 a.m. at Park Place South Hamptons, a four-storey condo building at 1520 Hammond Gate NW, which is located just off 199 Street and Lessard Road.
WATCH BELOW: Raw video from viewer Steve Kinney of the massive flames.
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Fire forces Edmonton condo evacuation
“Flames were coming through the roof upon arrival,” said Edmonton Fire District Fire Chief Trevor Whyte.
Fire was spotted going up from the fourth floor into the eaves and roof of the building. Crews began to attack the fire from inside, but the flames moved quickly.
“When they got us out, it was just a balcony on fire,” said Jonathan Brenton, who has lived in the building for over five years.
“I managed to snag my cat and myself and run out the door.”
“As soon as it got in the roof, it just started going everywhere,” Brenton added.
A second alarm was declared about 15 minutes after the first crew arrived.
“The ceilings were coming down on the guys inside. At that point it’s time to get out and try to cut your losses and contain the damage to as little as possible, without impacting the rest of the building,” Whyte said.
The fire was declared under control around 3:15 a.m.
“It was a hard-fought battle,” said Cherniawski.
“Due to the sort of limited access in to the area here, there was no access to the back of the building, so a lot of the fire fighting had to be done strictly through the front of the building here. The crews did a great job … containing the spread of that fire to the adjoining wings and containing it to the middle of the building.”
Whyte said the centre of building was heavily damaged.
“There doesn’t appear to be anybody unaccounted for, other than some pets the residents are concerned about, obviously,” Whyte said, adding there didn’t appear to be any injuries.
Buses were brought in for evacuated residents to sit in, and five volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross responded. The organization will provide food, clothing, shelter, support and information over the next 72 hours for those who need it.
WATCH BELOW: Residents unable to return home Monday night following fire
Red Cross volunteers have helped 72 residents impacted by the fire so far. The organization will continue to meet with those affected at an evacuation centre to do needs assessments and provide emergency support. Any residents affected by the fire who need Red Cross assistance can call 1-888-800-6493.
An information session for the residents will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the River West Christian Church.
Representatives from the management company, insurer and Edmonton Fire Rescue will be in attendance.
Brenton is hoping for answers soon.
“Basically everybody that we’ve talked to told us it’s going to be a couple of days before we hear back, whether our suites are damaged or if we can even be allowed in there to take a look.”
“You always see it and are like, ‘ah yeah, that will never happen to me’ … and then you get up in the middle of the night and see your house on fire.”
WATCH BELOW: Raw video from a Global viewer taken a dawn, showing the aftermath of the early morning fire.
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A little girl who was struck and killed in Leaside last week will be laid to rest today. The funeral service for seven-year-old Georgia Walsh will be held this afternoon at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street East.Rescuers retrieved more bodies Monday in the sprawling fields of east Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed, killing all 298 people aboard. A vote is expected later today by the U.N. Security Council on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the crash site and a cease-fire around the area.People who normally use Guelph Transit buses to get around will have to find another means of transport this morning. Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1189 voted Sunday to reject a tentative contract agreement that was reached a week ago and endorsed by the union executive.The family of a Burlington, Ont. teacher detained in an Indonesian jail on allegations of child sexual assault has been trying to enlist Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to help win his release. Neil Bantleman, 45, was working as a learning co-ordinator at the Jakarta International School, a prestigious school popular with expatriate families.A Mississauga man accused of stabbing several office employees at his workplace in North York in April will make another court appearance today. Chuang Li is back in court following an extended psychiatric assessment.Mike Conway was the surprise winner of a collision-filled second race at the Honda Indy Toronto. Conway, a road- and street-course specialist, went to the pits early for new tires then stayed out on course as the leaders pitted to put him in position to win the 11-turn, 2.81-kilometre race at Exhibition Place on Sunday.
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WATCH: Families of victims want action and answers on the return of their relatives’ bodies
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – It is no longer only grief and mourning sweeping across the Netherlands in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is now anger.
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The Dutch have widely condemned the way the bodies of loved ones have been treated in Ukraine and the fact they have not yet been returned home, four days after Thursday’s tragedy.
In an unusual move that underscored the severity of the national trauma, a sombre King Willem-Alexander gave a brief televised address to his country after meeting grieving relatives near the central city of Utrecht.
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“This terrible disaster has left a deep wound in our society,” the king said. “The scar will be visible and tangible for years to come.”
Speaking after the same private meeting with hundreds of friends and relatives of the dead, Prime Minister Mark Rutte acknowledged the nation’s discontent.
“All of the Netherlands feels their anger,” Rutte said. “All of the Netherlands feels their deep grief. All of the Netherlands is standing with the next of kin.”
“No words can describe it,” said Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand, whose son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers died on their way to a vacation in Bali. “Bodies are just lying there for three days in the hot sun. There are people who have this on their conscience. There are families who can never hold the body of a child or a mother.”
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The downing of the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday killed 298 passengers and crew, including 193 Dutch citizens.
Prosecutors in the Netherlands said they have begun a criminal investigation, though it remains unclear exactly where any suspects might be brought to justice.
A group of lawmakers hurried back from their summer recess for a meeting Monday with Rutte, who told them that getting the bodies home as soon as possible was his government’s top priority. He said a Dutch military transport plane is ready to repatriate the remains, which are now being stored in a refrigerated train in a rebel-held town.
“If the train finally gets going and the bodies get to Ukraine-controlled territory then we would prefer – and a Hercules is ready at Kharkiv airport – to get the bodies back to the Netherlands as soon as possible,” Rutte said.
READ MORE: Rebels move bodies of 196 MH17 crash victims to rebel-held town
One lawmaker, Gert-Jan Segers of the Christian Union, voiced the growing nationwide frustration.
“The Netherlands is grieving,” he said. “And angry.”
Right-wing lawmaker Louis Bontes urged the government to send special Dutch forces to secure the crash site.
“This messing around with our people can go on no longer,” he said. “Our people must be brought home now.”
Rutte said he has made it “crystal clear” to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he must use his influence with rebels to ensure unhindered access to the crash scene for international investigators. He says sanctions could be slapped on “those directly or indirectly responsible” for hindering the probe.
“All political, economic and financial options are on the table,” he said.
He also said he wants to ensure the perpetrators of the attack are brought to justice.
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The Dutch national prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the downing of the flight, spokesman Wim de Bruin told The Associated Press.
“We are looking into allegations of murder, war crimes and downing a civilian passenger plane,” he said. The charges carry a maximum life sentence if proven in Dutch courts.
De Bruin said one Dutch prosecutor is already in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to work with prosecutors there on the case.
There is no formal day of national mourning yet for the victims, but across the country local commemorations are being held.
A silent march was planned for Monday night in Rotterdam for a couple who ran a popular Chinese restaurant there. In Amsterdam, there were calls spread via social media to gather behind the city’s iconic Rijksmuseum to hold a minute of silence.
Fredriksz-Hoogzand said her grief for her son and his girlfriend was overwhelming.
“When I am in my bed at night, I see my son lying on the ground,” she told The Associated Press. “I see Daisy. I see Bryce. I see them in my head. I see it! They have to come home, not only those two. Everybody has to come home.”
King Willem-Alexander said all he and his wife Maxima could do was listen to the stories and be there for the relatives.
“We are deeply touched by the distressing personal stories of people who lost loved ones. People whose lives are shattered,” he said. “Their grief, powerlessness and desperation cuts to our souls.”
TORONTO – A little girl who was struck and killed in Leaside last week was laid to rest today.
The funeral service for seven-year-old Georgia Walsh was held Monday afternoon at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street East.
The girl died after being hit by a minivan while crossing the street at the corner of Millwood Road and McRae Drive.
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Her father is federal Conservative Party president John Walsh.
The Walsh family issued a statement Monday saying the “outpouring of love” from the broader community speaks to the effect George had on people.
“We have felt overwhelmed with the support, kindness and prayer shared with us by so many. Georgia was a special girl and though her passing leaves a giant hole in our hearts and our lives, the outpouring of love in the last five days speaks to who she was,” the statement read.
The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made in her memory to the Sick Kids Foundation.
VIDEO: Fri, Jul 18: Nearest solution to traffic problem from City Hall is still a long time coming. Mark Carcasole reports.
VANCOUVER – Drivers servicing the country’s largest port urged government on Monday to take swift action against trucking companies, which they say aren’t living up to a deal hammered out last spring to end a strike.
More than 1,600 union and non-unionized truckers for Port Metro Vancouver went back to work in late March after negotiating an action plan that promised to improve job conditions.
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Three months later they’re still not getting paid what’s owed, say representatives who met with two levels of government to request an order-in-council making rates legal and binding for workers across the sector.
Unifor director Gavin McGarrigle, who represents about 400 drivers, said companies are “thumbing their nose” at the 14-point action plan devised to get cargo flowing again after drivers walked off the job for weeks.
“They have their wild west mentality and they just think that if there’s a loophole they’ll jump through it as quick as possible,” he told reporters after a nearly two-hour meeting with the federal and provincial transportation ministers.
“The trucking companies need to realize the days of game playing are over and its time to step up to the plate.”
Workers don’t want to withdraw services again, McGarrigle said, but noted members are still in a legal strike position.
Manny Dhillon, who represents about 1,200 members the United Truckers’ Association of B.C., said drivers have become increasingly frustrated over rates owed since early April.
“They’re pretty angry,” he said, arguing 12 of the action plan’s 14 points have not come to fruition. “It’s really getting hard to calm people down out there.”
The meeting was held two weeks after the representatives walked away from weekly two-hour talks that they contend were showing no progress, despite the March deal.
Even before Monday’s meeting, a spokeswoman for the federal transportation minister said in a statement that Lisa Raitt has been working with her provincial counterpart to ensure “the necessary steps” are taken to pay truckers. No detail on when or how that might happen was provided.
The truckers say other issues that have yet to be resolved include an oversupply of trucks in the industry, truck licencing problems and a concern the auditing system is not independent from the port.
But they also say some improvements have been made, including the p[ayment of more than $1 million in waiting fees and the outfitting of fleets with GPS systems.
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President Barack Obama is calling for international investigators to have “immediate and full access” to the site in eastern Ukraine, where a passenger jet was shot down last week.
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Obama accused pro-Russian separatists in the area of removing evidence and bodies from the crash site. He says that raises the question of “what exactly are they trying to hide?”
The president says the burden is on Russia and President Vladimir Putin to compel the separatists to co-operate with the investigation. Obama says that if Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty, Moscow “will only further isolate itself” and the economic costs will continue to increase.
The White House says the missile that brought down the Malaysia Airlines plane was fired from an area controlled by the separatists.
WATCH: President Obama calls for full and fair investigation into MH17 downing
Dutch forensic investigators told the armed separatists guarding train cars full of bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet that the train must be allowed to leave within hours.
The experts from the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team – which specializes in victim recovery and identification – also pressed for the train cars parked near the rebel-held town of Torez to be sealed. AP journalists at the site said the smell of decay was overwhelming.
WATCH: International team inspects train carrying victims’ bodies from flight MH17
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Then the experts headed for the crash site itself, 15 kilometres (9 miles) away, accompanied by monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The chaotic Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 recovery effort stumbled again Monday, with more bodies found at the sprawling crash site but a worrisome power outage in the refrigerated train holding over 200 of the dead.
The shambolic attempts to investigate by the pro-Russia separatists who control the verdant farmland where pieces of the plane crashed to Earth have fanned widespread international outrage, especially from the nations whose citizens were on the doomed plane. Four days after the jetliner was shot out of the sky, international investigators still had only limited access to the crash site in eastern Ukraine.
IN PHOTOS: Images from the Malaysian Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine
Emergency workers piled 21 more black body bags from the blackened crash site by the side of the road Monday in Hrabove. That brought the total found to 272 of the 298 passengers and crew killed in the tragedy, according Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The bodies were being sent to the refrigerated railcars in the nearby town of Torez, where the other bodies are being kept. But a train engineer told The Associated Press that the cars’ refrigeration had been off overnight and it was not immediately clear why. The cooling system was back up and running early Monday, he said.
The smell of decomposing bodies was much more pronounced Monday at the Torez train station than a day earlier, when 196 bodies were put into the train cars. Four rebels armed with automatic weapons were standing guard around the cars.
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Ukrainian officials say the plane was shot down by a mobile missile battery from a rebel-controlled area in eastern Ukraine. They said the BUK rocket launcher was supplied from Russia and operated by Russian personnel.
The United States presented what it called “powerful” evidence Sunday that the rebels shot down the Boeing 777 with a Russian surface-to-air missile. That evidence included video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site; imagery showing the firing; phone calls claiming credit for the strike and phone recordings said to reveal a coverup at the crash site.
“A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence … it’s powerful here,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
“Russia is supporting these separatists. Russia is arming these separatists. Russia is training these separatists,” he added.
Fighting flared again Monday between the separatists and government troops in the eastern rebel-held city of Donetsk. City authorities said battles were taking place near the town’s airport and warned residents to stay inside. An AP reporter heard several explosions and saw smoke rising from the direction of the airport.
Pressure has been growing on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who the U.S. and others say has backed and armed the rebels, to rein in the insurgents in Ukraine and allow a full-scale investigation. Russia has denied backing the separatists.
WATCH: Canada has joined the chorus of voices around the world demanding a transparent investigation into the plane crash. Mike le Couteur reports.
Putin lashed out against those criticisms again Monday, accusing others of exploiting the downing of the plane for “mercenary objectives.”
Putin said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, to investigate the scene. He again criticized the Ukraine government authorities in Kyiv for reigniting the fighting with the pro-Russia rebels who control the crash site.
“We can say with confidence that if fighting in eastern Ukraine had not been renewed on June 28, this tragedy would not have happened,” Putin said. “Nobody should or does have a right to use this tragedy for such mercenary objectives.”
Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, angrily called on Russia to halt what he said was its support for the rebels.
“They have to stop, and President Putin has to realize, enough is enough,” he said. “What we expect from Russia: To de-escalate the situation, to withdraw their agents, to close the border, to stop their support for these bastards, and to stick to international law and international observations.”
WATCH: Rebel authorities moved the bodies to refrigerated rail cars at a nearby town. But there are still at least 100 bodies, many of them probably entangled in the wreckage.
A team of international monitors, including three from the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team, were to visit both Torez and the crash site later Monday.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country lost 192 citizens on the plane, told a news conference that repatriating the bodies was his “No. 1 priority.”
Rebel leader Alexander Borodai denied his fighters were trying to tamper with evidence at the site, saying the bodies would be turned over to a team of Malaysian experts. A group of investigators that included Malaysian officials was in Kyiv, but said they wouldn’t go into rebel-held areas until they get better assurances about security.
Despite Borodai’s claims, it was clear that the rebels were interfering in the investigation.
Lyubov Kudryavets, a worker at the Torez morgue, said the evening the plane went down, a resident brought in the bloodied body of a young child. On Saturday, militiamen came to take away the body away, she said.
“They began to question me: ‘Where are the fragments of rocket? Where are the fragments from the plane?”‘ Kudryavets said. “But I didn’t have any wreckage. … I swear.”
Experts said even if investigators were granted access now to the site, it might be too late.
“Even without any deliberate attempt at a coverup, the crash site is already compromised in forensic terms,” said Keir Giles, an associate fellow at the Chatham House think-tank .
He said a reconstruction of the aircraft fuselage and wings would show how the missile struck the plane and what type it was.
“If any aircraft parts have already been removed … this compromises the objectivity of the investigation,” he said.
Mills reported from Moscow. Peter Leonard in Kyiv; Michael Corder in The Hague, Netherlands; Danica Kirka in London, Lolita C. Baldor in Washington and Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.