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(CNN) – From Australia, to London, to Ukraine, where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies scattered, international outrage is mounting.
"What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday.
UK leader David Cameron spoke of "sickening reports of looting of victims' possessions, and interference with evidence."
"This is barbarian style," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said of the handling of the remains.
There is growing fury at the thought of a commercial airliner being shot down in plain sight, and at the pro-Russian separatists now lording over the crime scene.
"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama said Monday.
So far, however, aside from voicing anger, no country has taken significant action to wrest control from the rebels.
Over the last five days, looters, roaming press, and curious locals have already compromised what many now call an international crime scene.
"We are not only outraged at the attack itself, we are horrified and enraged by what has happened since," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said.
The UN Security Council unanimously demanded access to the site, but trying to take control of a crime scene from the rebels suspected of the crime is not without its challenges.
"Russia blamed Ukrainian air traffic controllers for the attack, rather than condemning the criminals who shot down the planem" Power said.
The pro-Russian separatists released victims' bodies to international investigators Monday. But they've been reluctant to open the scene to professional teams, and made a media spectacle of giving up the plane's flight recorders.
Clues to what happened – and any answers they may provide – are still infuriatingly muddled by mismanagement. Those trying to collect evidence are returning with little more than photographs and anecdotes.
"The first day in particular they showed up, and had really terrible treatment. People were visibly drunk on the scene, and they weren't allowed to see much of anything," said Daniel Baer, U.S Representative to OSCE.
For days after the crash, bodies remained in neighboring gardens, tended to by homeowners.
Locals told Vice News they saw bodies falling like bombs.
The leader of the pro-Russian rebels, a suspect now in this crime, seems defensive, even amused by it all, rolling his eyes at the question of accountability.
Asked why the bodies weren't taken care of sooner, and given dignity, he laughed.
"You know it's a fantastic story, the thing is as soon as members of (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) arrived, they notified us if we started moving the bodies, then we would be responsible," said Alexander Borodai, the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic.
So now, as the victims move closer to home, when will the international community finally gain control of the scene where they perished?
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