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The crash site in eastern Ukraine is described as miles wide and strewn with debris and bodies.  (Source: CNN) The crash site in eastern Ukraine is described as miles wide and strewn with debris and bodies. (Source: CNN)
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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - More images are coming in from the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on Thursday. But few answers about who is responsible for shooting down the passenger jetliner and killing all 298 aboard.

And international investigators face many challenges piecing things together.

The stories are slowly surfacing about passengers and their families.

“My brother was one of the most generous warmest people I've ever known,” said Drew Ryder, who lost a brother and sister-in-law.

They're accounts from the families some of the 298 people who never made it to Malaysia.

The men, women and children who were suddenly caught in a conflict raging 33,000 feet below their flight.

Matt Jones lost four of his family members.

“He (Jones’ uncle) was with his grandchildren until the end caring for his family is perhaps a way of looking at the strength that he brought to things,” Jones said of the loving grandfather.

Back in Washington, President Barack Obama placed partial blame on Moscow for supporting pro-Russian rebels. They're suspected of launching the missile that brought down the Boeing 777.

“The eyes of the world are on eastern Ukraine, and we are going to make sure that the truth is out,” Obama said on Friday.

Ukrainian government intelligence released an audio recording they say is a phone conversation between two pro-Russian rebels discussing the downed plane.

"Major": "Well, we are 100 percent sure that it was a civilian plane."

"Grek": "Are there a lot of people?"

Suspicions are only fueled by the video released by the Ukrainian government but yet to be independently verified. It shows a missile firing system being driven toward the border into Russia, a missile missing from the top.

The war of words is intensifying with the families of 298 people caught in the middle.

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