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Obama condemns Putin for failing to stop Russian-backed rebels from 'tampering' with evidence and bodies at MH17 crash site

President Barack Obama rebuked Russian President Vladmir Putin today for not using his influence to stop Russian separatists in Ukraine from 'tampering' with evidence at the site of the MH17 crash.

Speaking from South Lawn of the White House, the U.S. president said it's Putin's 'responsibility to compel' the rebels to cease removing bodies from the area and allow investigators to have 'immediate and full access' to the site so they can conduct a thorough investigation.

'That's the least that we can do. That's the least that decency demands,' he said.

The separatists' behavior begs the question, 'what exactly are they trying to hide?' Obama asked at one point in his remarks. 'This is an insult to those who have lost loved ones.'

Obama's solemn statement comes a day after Senators on the committees that oversee international affairs criticized him for inadequately responding to the ongoing violence in Ukraine.

The president has also been pilloried for devoting just 40 seconds of a 16 minute transportation speech on the day of the Malaysia Airlines crash to the tragedy and for spending his evening attending Democratic Party fundraisers while his national security team handled the the U.S.'s response.

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