A Dutch investigation team on Tuesday and Wednesday salvaged more victims' remains and personal belongings from the MH17 crash site in Grabovo, eastern Ukraine, the Dutch government stated in a press release. The team of defense and police personnel returned to the site last week to continue their repatriation mission.
Two survivors of victims of the MH17 disaster pleaded that investigators return to the crash site on RTL Late Night last night.
The first clear evidence of Malaysian Airlines plane Boeing 777, flight MH17 shot down by a Russian BUK missile can be seen in a forensic investigation commissioned by RTL Nieuws claims. Correspondent Jeroen Akkermans took a number of fragments for investigation from the crash site last November and shipped the fragments for examination at an independent institute.
Further MH17 wreckage, personal belongings and victims' remains were collected on Monday by Dutch defense and police personnel at the crash site near Grabovo, revealed the police.
A Dutch defense team is back on the scene of the flight MH17 disaster in eastern Ukraine. The team left from Donetsk this morning.
The Dutch investigative team in the east of Ukraine investigating the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were not only hampered from doing their job by rebel blocks and sabotage, but probably also had their computers and phones hacked.
According to a Ukrainian official in Donetsk, the Dutch investigative team working to recover the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 made no efforts to communicate with the Ukrainian team who were in the area for the first five days after the crash. The official tells RTL Nieuws that the Dutch mission leaders made big mistakes in the operation.
Time constraints, unfamiliar territory and an every-fickle political situation makes the MH17 crash site a difficult place to execute an investigation. The 38-year-old Gerry Burger tells the ANP that her colleagues are suffering under the threatening circumstances of war.
The coming days will be determine whether a political solution is possible for hostilities between the rebels and Ukraine to come to an end, says ex-Major General Frans van Kappen. The ex-military leader does not rule out that Russia is heading for an intervention, however, the NOS reports.
In an area two times the size of The Netherlands, Dutch geo-investigation services consultancy Fugro has been allowed by the Australian government to send a second boat to search for the still-missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, that disappeared from the radar on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on the 8th of March, the NOS reports.
An army spokesperson has announced that at least ten Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in Shaktarsk in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, south-west of the MH17 crash site. The army spokesperson in Kiev says that another four have died, but it is unclear whether these are soldiers or rebels, the ANP reports.
The Ukrainian parliament agreed today to allow a police mission to come into the country and travel to the MH17 crash site. Ukraine will also observe a 24-hour cease fire between the rebel separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine.
There is still little faith in the safety of the area around the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, as the Dutch team looking to access the site for investigation had to turn back again yesterday. The chance that they will be able to access the site soon is not likely, the OSCE says.
The Kremlin threatened the EU with higher gas prices yesterday, in reaction to the economic sanctions that the EU called for on Tuesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow has called the EU threat an "irresponsible step."
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say that there is no truth in the claim that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is not allowed into the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed on the 17th of July. They insist rather that they have always worked "effectively" together with the organization.
The Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte has, in a telephone conversation, asked Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to put an end to the hostilities around the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. This, so that the investigative team, including Dutch forensic experts, can have safe access to the site.
Minister Frans Timmermans is in Ukraine's capital Kiev with his Australian Foreign Affairs colleague Julie Bishop to discuss the safe progress of the international investigation currently underway. Out of discussions with the Ukrainian government, Minister Timmermans has drawn up a treaty that would allow Dutch personnel in the East of the country to arm themselves in case clashes escalate and their own safety is not secured.
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 Cabinet will not be sending a military mission to Ukraine after all, Prime Minister Rutte said at a press conference on Sunday. Rutte says that the area is too explosive, and the mission could cause other countries to become involved in the conflict between the pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government.
Minister Frans Timmermans and his Australian Foreign Affairs colleague Julie Bishop arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine Friday morning to visit with the forensic team in the area.
The Cabinet in The Netherlands is discussing the possibility of sending hundreds of soldiers from all over the world as well as forensic police experts to Ukraine to ensure the security of the site where 193 Dutch passengers died in a plane crash last week Thursday, the Volkskrant reports.
According to reports, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to send a police force to the disaster area in Ukraine under the flag of the United Nations.
The international team of forensic investigators are going to be able to reach the crash site of the fated Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy this morning, three days after the event.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has granted unrestricted cooperation to make sure that the bodies of the victims who perished in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine can be repatriated.