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The prime minister added that Australian experts had arrived in Kiev and were waiting to leave for the crash site. The group is headed by the prime minister's special envoy, a former commander of the Australian armed forces, Angus Houston, who earlier headed the international coordination center that searched for the Malaysian Boeing, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean.
Abbott said the government was considering declaration of the crash in the Donetsk region a terrorist attack. If the decision is taken, the victims' relatives will have the right for state 75,000-dollar compensation.Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Francois Hollande in a telephone conversation have stressed the importance of the earliest launch of a comprehensive and objective international investigation by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) into the circumstances of the air crash in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the Kremlin press service has reported.
The airliner is believed to have been shot down, but an investigation has yet to establish who are guilty.