Monday, October 13, 2014 - 10:00
MH17 analysys restarts; Putin backs off border
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed that the Ukrainian disaster relief will start searching for any remaining personal belongings and remains of passengers of flight MH17 today. According to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Justice, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has made agreements with the separatists in Eastern Ukraine for access to the area. The local agency for disaster management (SES) will start searching in Donetsk today after consultation between the agency and the representative of the Ministry of Defense. The MH17 plane crash over Eastern Ukraine cost the lives of all 298 passengers on board of the Malaysia Airlines flight. Among them were nearly 200 Dutch. On Sunday Russian news agencies reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops deployed on the Ukrainian border to return to their bases. This was done in an effort to ease some of the tension before the meeting between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Milan this week, The New York Times reports. Poroshenko stated that he expects "difficult negotiations" with the Russian President during this meeting. A transcript of a speech published on President Poroshenko's official website states that he desires unshakable independence, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders and the restoration of peace. "We believe it will already become possible in the coming days to achieve a full cease-fire." he said.