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On July 20 “the SMM was given full access to the main crash site, which was on this occasion properly cordoned off. The recovery of bodies continued,” it said.
The monitors said that “On 19 July, access to the site was limited, but greater than it had been on the SMM’s first visit the previous day. The security perimeter, on the SMM’s arrival, was weak,” the SMM said.
On July 19, the SMM observed 55 body bags. On 20 July, the SMM observed an indeterminate number of bodies held in cold storage in train carriages at Torez railway station, close to the crash site.
The plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on July 17. All of the 298 people aboard died.