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NORTH OF GRAVOBO, Ukraine - The young boy's lifeless body lay near a dirt track that cut through the fields of the east Ukrainian countryside. He wore shorts and bore not even a scratch. He looked as if he were sleeping.

A few yards away, on the fields and the track lay scattered mangled limbs of dozens of other people, along with their clothing, toys and books ?? including a guidebook on Bali.

The carnage was part of a massive scene of devastation from the Malaysian airliner that was struck by a surface-to-air missile Thursday, killing all 295 aboard. Burning crash debris and body parts were strewn over a 10-mile area.

A circle of ground smoldered, along with pieces of the jet's fuselage. Emergency service workers from the local fire brigade and ambulances set up a large tent and equipment to remove the bodies and debris.

Rescue workers planted sticks with white flags in spots where they found human remains.

Darkness at the crash site was a problem because of a limited supply of floodlights available in this remote area, which is in the middle of a war zone between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian national troops.

Ukraine's government accused the separatists of downing the jet using a sophisticated weapon provided by Russia. The separatists denied responsibility.

Armed separatists at one checkpoint near the crash site said they were not letting anyone through without the permission of the leadership of Donetsk People's Republic, the name of the breakaway group.

Contributing: Jabeen Bhatti in Berlin, Associated Press



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