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Poroshenko sends task group to Minsk for consultations on access to Boeing crash site

July 30, 2014, 20:59 UTC+3 KIEV

The Ukrainian president demands that experts gain access to the airliner’s crash site on July 31

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KIEV, July 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is sending a working party to the Belarusian capital of Minsk to hold consultations on how to provide international experts’ access to the Malaysian Boeing crash site in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman told a briefing on Wednesday.

“The Ukrainian president has authorized our contact group to fly to Minsk tomorrow (July 31) for consultations to insist that our demands are met. We want the OSCE to exercise control over the crash area to convince everybody that the Ukrainian army has not fired a single shot in that direction,” Groisman went on to say.

Poroshenko demands that experts gain access to the airliner’s crash site on July 31, the vice-premier said.

He confirmed that Ukraine’s army was not planning to use military force to restore control over the Malaysian Boeing crash area in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

“We do not have intentions to use military methods to retake a territory where the plane fragments are lying,” Groisman said, criticizing militias who are in control of the area, for denying full access to experts.

Groisman said that Ukrainian troopers were refraining from hostilities within a range of 20 kilometers around the crash site. He added that a working party investigating the Boeing crash would deploy international experts base maximum close to the territory where the aircraft had fallen.

Groisman also suggested using drones in the Malaysian Boeing crash zone to become convinced that the Ukraine army was not interfering with the international experts’ work.

Meanwhile, Valery Chalyi, the Ukrainian president deputy administration chief, told the briefing that investigation into the Boeing 777 crash was not the reason for interrupting security operation in southeast Ukraine.

“The anti-terror operation continues and should not be stopped for the time of investigation,” Chalyi said, adding that it would stop only when the opponents accepted President Poroshenko’s peace plan.

Ukraine has never said it will use a military operation to seize control over the crash area. However, it promised to contribute to international investigation.

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