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Sky 'Rained People' After Airliner Shot Down
Children have described how it was "raining people" after the shooting down of a passenger jet with 298 people on board in eastern Ukraine, reports Sky's Stuart Ramsay.
Human remains and debris from the plane are scattered everywhere, and bodies can be seen hanging from telegraph wires, he said.
Ramsay said local volunteers had been left traumatised, such was the scene of devastation.
Amid the carnage of the crash site, the sound of rockets being fired can be heard in the distance as the conflict between Ukrainians and pro-Russian separatists continues to rage.
A large number of armed militia are in control of the area, aiming to help preserve the scene for aviation investigators.
But officials face a difficult task as the situation on the ground remains volatile, and the potential for tension high.
Ramsay said: "There's fighting in a town to my west and fighting in the town to the east, and we are stuck in the middle."
Given this it was hard to see how a thorough investigation of an extensive crime scene could be carried out.
"They need to get on with it but it's going to be difficult to do this because it's so volatile," he said.
Ramsay†said the downing of the plane had left people living nearby in a state of shock.
"Most of them saw the plane coming down. It was in bits," he said.
"Parts of bodies are absolutely everywhere.
"In some of the villages there are bodies hanging from telegraph wires and on roofs."
Children, who witnessed the plane coming down, said: "It was raining people."
Ramsay said the plane attack and horrific loss of life had affected people's attitudes to the continuing violence.
"The thing that's struck them is the pointlessness," he said.