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Access to MH17 crash site unhampered, says Donetsk official

September 09, 2014, 18:02 UTC+3
“This is one of the safest places now. Nothing is going on in Hrabove (the crash site),” First Deputy Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Andrei Purgin said
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DONETSK, September 9. /ITAR-TASS/. Malaysian experts who have arrived in Ukraine to investigate the crash of the Malaysia Airlines’ MH17 flight can safely reach the crash site, the first vice premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

“This is one of the safest places now. Nothing is going on in Hrabove (the crash site),” Andrei Purgin said, commenting on Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein’s words that there was no safe access to the site.

Purgin said the reasons preventing the probe were in no way connected with security at the site. “This is pure politics,” he said.

The official said Malaysian representatives were to contact the DPR leadership, but this does not happen.

Earlier, the Malaysian defense minister said the situation in the crash area remained dangerous and it was impossible to reach it at the moment.

He said he was relying on a report on the situation in eastern Ukraine by Major General Bogdan Bondar from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Heavy fighting in the embattled eastern Ukraine prevented the search operation at the site before the warring sides agreed on a ceasefire last Friday.

A ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is largely holding, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

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