KIEV, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) do have access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner, a representative of the mission said Sunday.
The OSCE observers were accompanied by armed guards to the town of Torez near the crash site and inspected 3 to 4 refrigerated train carriages loaded with bodies of the victims there, according to Michael Bochurkiv.
He added that it was impossible to say accurately how many dead bodies had been found.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said earlier that the U.S. is "deeply concerned" by rebels' refusal to allow monitors safe and unfettered access to the airliner crash site.
Meanwhile, Alexander Borodai, Prime Minister of the self- proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said the alleged denial of OSCE monitors' entry into the site is "an element of information war against us."
"Fourteen OSCE observers have already been working at the crash site for three days," he said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station, adding there were indeed some restrictions on their movement on the first day in order to guarantee their security.
Ukrainian officials are in talks to move the loaded train from the Donetsk region to Kiev-controlled territory, the Interfax news agency quoted Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman as saying.
"Talks are on with the militia in control of the region," he said. "We have been unable to get this train to depart from the Donetsk region for now," Groisman said.
He also said authorities in Kiev cannot guarantee security to foreign experts working at the site since the territory is controlled by rebels.
He noted, however, Kiev is ready to help experts reach the site, as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to take them by plane to a safe area nearest to the site.
According to Groisman, as many as 223 bodies of victims have been retrieved from the crash site.
Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry announced that the search area was expanded to 50 square kilometers, including populated areas, and a 32-square-kilometer area will be re-examined.
A Boeing 777 passenger plane of the Malaysia Airlines crashed in eastern Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard.
An OSCE monitoring mission arrived at the scene on Friday and 132 experts from Malaysia arrived in Kiev on Saturday, the Interfax news agency reported.