According to De Telegraaf daily, units of the Dutch 11th Aeromobile Brigade in Schaarsbergen and Assen have gone fully operational; some servicemen had to come back from vacation. Units of special forces now on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali are now coming back to the Netherlands to be then sent to Donetsk, the paper said.
Unarmed royal military policemen will go to Ukraine on Friday not to provide security but help criminalists heading for the site to find the remains, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday.
Australia that lost 27 citizens in the accident also advocates increased security on the site of the catastrophe. Australia has already agreed with Ukraine on sending up to 100 policemen to the region, some of them armed, Dutch media report.
The crash of a Malaysia Airlines Beoing-777 in the Donetsk Region on July 17 killed 298 aboard, 194 of them Dutch citizens.