"We would like to thank all parties that have once again facilitated our access to the crash site," Aalbersberg said. "This is of great importance to the international police officers, the experts and,especially, the victims' families."Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman had said government forces would try tomaintain a halt in hostilities on the route to the crash site.Because of the ongoing battles between pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian government, Saturdaywas only the third day that monitors and experts had unrestricted access to the site since Flight 17was brought down by a suspected surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people aboard. July 25 was the only date before Friday that a "full visit had been possible," according to theOrganization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which escorted the experts to the crash site.The pro-Russia rebels have denied allegations from Ukraine and the West that they shot down thecommercial airliner, or that Russia supplied equipment used to shoot it down.High-level negotiations between Ukraine and the rebels have been necessary to allow the team of Dutch and Australian experts and their convoy of vehicles to cross and re-cross front lines in order toget to the crash site.The team has set up a new base in the town of Soledar, to the northwest of the debris field, Aalbersberg said. But the recovery mission still has personnel in the cities of Kharkiv and Donetsk,the latter a rebel stronghold that has seen fighting this week.Fighting continues away from crash site Around noon on Saturday, the OSCE escorts at the crash site heard mortar fire, but they determinedit was too far away to pose a threat to the recovery team, so the mission continued without delay, Aalbersberg said.On Friday, 10 Ukrainian paratroopers were killed near Shakhtarsk, less than 25 kilometers (15miles) from the crash area, when their convoy came under attack from rebel forces, according to theFacebook page of Ukraine's Counter-Terrorist Operation.Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at a briefingFriday that Russia was "actively preparing firing positions for shelling Ukrainian territory" and haspositioned 17 Grad rocket systems in its Bryansk region, about three miles from the border withUkraine, according to Ukraine's Ukrinform news agency.