A 12 member team consisting of Defense employees, police employees and a member of the Dutch Safety Board is on their way to the Ukraine. The team's goal is to make preparations for the Dutch repatriation mission, which resumes in April.
Photos taken in a secure area of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 surfaced today on Ukrainian website Censor.net.ua. The photos show parts of the aircraft not yet meant to be seen by the public or journalists, like the cockpit, the Dutch Safety Board confirmed to The Post Online.
FrieslandCampina is reporting a hit to its operating profit of 80 million euros stemming from the Russian boycott on European dairy products. This works out to approximately 16 percent of the company’s 2014 operating profit, as reported on their website.
Flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK-air missile, according to Russian aircraft expert Vladimir Babak, Het Parool reports.
Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) called on the international community, including Russia, to fully comply with the Minsk agreement, starting with a complete cease-fire and a withdrawal of heavy equipment in the Ukraine. He did this during a conversation with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov.
There are still personal belongings and wreckage in the area of the flight MH17 crash site. This is according to Jeroen Akkermans of RTL Nieuws, who went to the site now that the fighting has moved on and the area is accessible again.
The United Nations has decided to to support the Minsk political agreement, but has also clearly stated that the perpetrators involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 must not get amnesty, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte got confirmation from Ukrainian President Porosjenko that the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster will not go unpunished. Rutte and Porosjenko spoke at the EU summit in Brussels yesterday.
Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders is examining whether the cease-fire agreement for Ukraine does include amnesty for the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster. While the MH17 disaster is not specifically mentioned in the accord signed on Thursday, Dutch parliamentarians are urgently seeking clarification of the agreement's text and assurance that it will be able to persecute the perpetrators, reported nos.nl.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls the agreement on the Ukrainian conflict in Minsk an important step but feels that it is still too early to talk about sanction reliefs, he says to NOS.
Almost eight months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down in the Donetsk region in Ukraine, the repatriation mission collected more remains and possessions of victims, as well as pieces from the wreckage.
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.
On July 14th last year, three days before the disaster with flight MH17, there was a meeting in Kiev. During this meeting, diplomats were briefed on the security situation in the Ukraine. For weeks the Second Chamber has been trying to get more information regarding this meeting from the First Chamber, but to no avail.
The Ukraine is turning to the Dutch court to claim the treasures of four museums in the Crimea, the Volkskrant reports. These treasures were exhibited in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam last summer. The state itself announced today as an interested party in the legal proceedings that the four Crimean museums filed against the Allard Pierson.
The Ukrainian government did inform the Dutch government about the dangerous situation in the country's airspace before the shooting down of the flight MH17. The Dutch government however did not pass the information forward to the airlines, according to the government's response to parliamentary questions. MPs have asked for clarification on the issue.
A Dutch committee will investigate the performance of the Netherlands intelligence offices prior to the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Commission of Oversight for the Intelligence and Security Services announced their intention to evaluate both the AIVD and MIVD on Tuesday.
Civil airspace over eastern Ukraine should have been closed at least two months before a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, aviation experts said this weekend. Pointing to the increased use of the airspace for warfare in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the analysts say it makes no sense the airspace was still open for civilian flights on July 17, 2014, when the Boeing 777 blew apart in the sky.
Dutch companies maintain warm relations with the Crimea, the Ukrainian region that was annexed by Russia earlier this year.
RTL Nieuws have photos in their possession that give more information about the circumstances of the disaster with flight MH17. According to the news agency, the photos and an interview with the man who took them prove that the disaster was very likely caused by an anti-aircraft missile fired from a separatist region in eastern Ukraine.
The Ministry of Security and Justice announced today that the last four unidentified victims of the disaster with flight MH17 are all Dutch.
A truck carrying parts of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is expected to arrive at Gilze-Rijen airbase in Noord Brabant at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, reports the Dutch Safety Board (AMM). Debris from the Boeing 777 was salvaged from the scene of the accident in eastern Ukraine last month, and taken to Kharkiv by train.
Lawyer Bob van der Groen, who represents 20 relatives of an unknown number of flight MH17 victims, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte criticizing the fact that there is still unclaimed items on the disaster site in the Ukraine.
The European organization for the safety of air navigation Eurocontrol urged the Ukrainian authorities to close the airspace for passenger flights a few days before the disaster with flight MH17.