NL informs UN on MH17 investigations

The investigators at the crash site in eastern Ukraine where the fated Malaysia Airlines Boeing went down over two weeks ago are still placing highest priority in recovering the remaining victims. This was announced in a United Nations Security Council briefing in a letter dated August 1st, according to the ANP.

Dutch UN ambassador Karel van Oosterom says in the letter that investigators are unarmed at the crash site, even though Ukraine gave permission for the team to arm themselves for personal safety, as rebels in the area are still present.

The Security Council president Mark Lyall Grant announced that there will likely not be a response to the Dutch letter. "The letter does not call for an answer, and I also did not get a request to prepare an answer", the president tells journalists.

Investigators at the crash site in eastern Ukraine are in place to recover the personal belongings as well as any human remains left of the victims from the crash, which will go to The Netherlands for identification.