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“OSCE observers have for the first time in almost a week arrived at the MH17 jet crash scene and they are escorted by four experts from the Netherlands and Australia,” the statement said adding that the observers and the experts reached the site using a new route.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman stated earlier in the day that local militia forces in the Donetsk region denied the OSCE observers and the experts visiting the crash scene.
Viktor Nazarov, in charge of the Ukrainian military operation in the Dnepropetrovsk and Luhansk regions, said pro-Kiev troops were not waging “any combat actions within the 20-kilometer (12.4-miles) zone surrounding the crash site.
However, Sergei Kavtoradze, a member of the Security Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said in an interview with ITAR-TASS earlier in the day that the government troops continued military operation on Thursday near the crash scene of the Malaysian airliner.
Pro-Kiev troops and local militias in the southeastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions are involved in fierce clashes as the Ukrainian armed forces are conducting a military operation to regain control over the breakaway regions, which on May 11 proclaimed their independence at local referendums.