International experts reach MH17 crash site

OSCE monitors reach crash site for first time in week

Monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday – two weeks after the plane was destroyed above the region’s conflict zone. They were accompanied by experts from the Netherlands and Australia.

The organisation posted on Twitter: “OSCE […] monitors reach MH17 crash site for first time in almost week, accompanied by four Dutch, Australian experts. Used new route to access.”

The majority of the bodies have been recovered from the site, the news agency Reuters reports, but there are still human remains and personal belongings that need to be recovered.

Debris from the flight came down over a wide area, much of which has been inaccessible for a week due to fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. Ukraine has accused the rebels of placing landmines to stop a full investigation into the crash.

Reuters

[photo courtesy OSCE]

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