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International experts arrive at MH17 crash site

August 02, 2014, 12:19 UTC+3 (updates) < (updates)
The group includes specialists from the Netherlands and Australia
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VIENNA, August 2 (Itar-Tass) - Seventy eight international experts again arrived at the Malaysian Boeing crash site in the Donetsk region on Saturday.

They brought dogs trained to search for bodies of victims, the special OSCE mission in Ukraine said.

Eight special monitoring mission observers together with 70 experts with dogs arrived at the Flight MH17 crash site. They would have a long day of intensive work to gather remains of victims, the mission said in a report.

The group includes specialists from the Netherlands and Australia.

Last Thursday, they were at the site for the first time. It is located near the village of Grabovo, 79 kilometres east of Donetsk.

The OSCE said in a report on July 31 that mission experts saw no changes after previous visits. Many personal things remained at the same places where mission members saw them last time, the report said.

To reach the site safely, the specialists took an about-200-km-long route. On the way, the convoy twice crossed borders of zones controlled by the Ukrainian army and militia (local defenders') forces. No incidents were reported, as local ceasefire agreements were concluded.

Work continued at the airliner wreckage site on Friday.

The head of the mission for search and transportation of remains of victims, Pieter-Jaap Albersberg, said the number of specialists would be increased to 100 -- five groups, 20 people in each.

An Itar-Tass correspondent in The Hague cited Albersberg as saying on August 1 in a report about the first day of work that some of the specialists combed through the area and found important things and others wearing protective clothes gathered what was found. Everything that is found is photographed, then placed in special bags, marked and brought away on stretchers. Remains in special refrigerators are transported to the Ukrainian city of Soledar and then in refrigerator train cars to Kharkov, where they are prepared for transportation by planes to the Netherlands. Personal belongings of victims are packed separately and sent to Eindhoven.

The Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine's Donetsk region on July 17. All who were aboard, 298 people, died. Most of them, 196 passengers, were citizens of the Netherlands. During few days after the crash, militiamen who controlled the territory found more than 227 bodies.

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