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Dutch security ministry confirms OSCE monitors’ arrival at jet crash site in Ukraine

July 31, 2014, 16:40 UTC+3 THE HAGUE

According to the ministry, the experts reached the site of the airliner’s crash and the group was examining the tragic scene

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THE HAGUE, July 31. /ITAR-TASS/. The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed on Thursday that OSCE observers jointly with Dutch and Australian experts arrived at the crash scene of the Malaysian passenger airliner in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

According to the ministry, the experts reached the site of the airliner’s crash and the group was examining the tragic scene.

Earlier in the day the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) mission in Ukraine said in its statement that “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 Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 airliner en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in the area of combat operations between local militias and Ukrainian governmental troops in east Ukraine’s Donetsk region on Thursday, July 17. All 298 people aboard the plane, including 193 Dutch nationals, were killed in the jet’s crash.

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.

Infographics Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine

Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers have died. Infographics by ITAR-TASS

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