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KHARKOV, November 28. /TASS/. Dutch investigators will continue searching for the fragments of Malaysia Boeing-777, which crashed near Donetsk this spring, the Netherlands’ Minister of Security and Justice, Ivo Opstelten, told the news conference on Friday.
A farewell ceremony for the victims of the jet crash was held Friday in the international airport of Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. The plane wreckage and the remains of the departed passengers, which were discovered during the latest search party, will be transported to the Netherlands within 7 days.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17 in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, some 60 km from the Russian border, in the zone of combat operations between the Donetsk self-defence forces and the Ukrainian army. All passengers and crewmembers on board the aircraft — 298 people — died. Most of the passengers — 196 people — were Dutch citizens.
The work on removing wreckage of the airplane became possible after representatives of the Netherlands, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic signed a relevant protocol on Saturday, November 15. Before that, the Dutch side refused to sign the document claiming it did not support some of the provisions in it. Besides, experts and investigators were unable to access the crash site due to continuous shelling on the territory.