No MH17 access for Dutch investigators

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine. Source: Twitter/ @mashableThe Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine. Source: Twitter/ @mashable

It is unclear whether or not the Dutch investigators in Ukraine will be able to access or even travel to the crash site of flight MH17 today, as there is a chance that heavy fighting between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian separatists holding the area will continue. This was reported by David Jan Godfroid, a journalist with the NOS. 

The investigators were also unable to search the crash site on Sunday because of fighting between the army and the separatists. The clashes revolve around several towns to the East of Donetsk, which the government army wants to take back. This has not worked.

"It is very possible that the Ukrainian army will make another attempt today" Godfroid reports. The Dutch team is not prepared to risk traveling to the crash site because of these clashes.

The Australian police, however, will attempt to reach the area. An Australian policeman told the NOS that despite the risks, safety is still a top priority for the Australian as well as Dutch investigators and people from the OSCE.

General safety is the reason why Prime Minister Mark Rutte has decided not to send a military mission to Ukraine. In fear of getting other nations involved in the clashes, the Dutch Prime Minister said that it is instead more pertinent to focus on repatriating any victims still left at the crash site.