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Donetsk militia assists experts in airliner crash probe — OSCE mission

July 21, 2014, 18:04 UTC+3 KIEV
OSCE Ukraine mission representative Michael Bochurkiv said “three-four representatives of the Ukrainian side” were working along with the international experts at the crash site
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KIEV, July 21 /ITAR-TASS/. Donetsk self-defense fighters are providing full assistance to OSCE experts in investigating a Malaysian airliner crash in east Ukraine, OSCE Ukraine mission representative Michael Bochurkiv said on Monday.

A total of 14 OSCE experts and three international specialists from the Netherlands are working at the site of the Boeing-777 crash in the Donetsk Region and a decision will soon be made on where to send a train with refrigerator rail cars where the remains of the crash victims are kept, the OSCE mission representative said.

Bochurkiv also said “three-four representatives of the Ukrainian side” were working along with the international experts at the crash site.

Donetsk self-defense fighters have provided full access for the experts to all the sites, which they wanted to inspect, Bochurkiv said.

The Donetsk defenders have ensured security along the perimeter of the crash site, the OSCE mission representative said, adding there were a lot of journalists at the wreckage site and it was necessary to ensure they did not impede the probe, he said.

Experts, mostly Dutch specialists, inspected three refrigerator rail cars with the remains of the crash victims on Monday morning, Bochurkiv said, adding the bodies were kept in proper conditions.

The experts have been able to inspect two main areas of the plane’s debris by now and continue monitoring the search for the missing bodies and personal belongings, the OSCE mission representative said.

The experts now want to inspect the third debris area where the pilots’ cabin and the first-class salon were found, he said.

A route for the train with the bodies of the crash victims is now being determined, the OSCE mission representative said, adding a part of the rail track had been damaged.

Bochurkiv could not give the exact time for the arrival of a group of 31 experts at the crash site. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said that 31 international experts, including 23 Dutchmen, two US and two German representatives, a UK specialist and employees of the Australian embassy, had arrived in Kharkov in east Ukraine on Monday morning.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 airliner en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in the area of combat actions between local militias and Ukrainian governmental troops in east Ukraine’s Donetsk region on Thursday, July 17. All 298 people aboard the plane died in the air crash.

A total of 272 bodies have been found at the crash site of the Malaysian passenger airliner in east Ukraine, Yatsenyuk said on Monday.

“According to the latest figures provided by the Ukrainian State Service for Emergency Situations, 272 bodies have been found, of which 251 bodies are in refrigerators at the Torez station,” he said.

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