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Two more Ukraine Boeing crash victims identified — Dutch government

December 11, 2014, 16:12 UTC+3 THE HAGUE
Four of the 298 victims of July's crash in Ukraine are still unaccounted for
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THE HAGUE, December 11. /TASS/. Two more passengers killed in the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight in Ukraine have been identified, raising the number of identified victims to 294 almost five months after the disaster. Four of the 298 victims of July's crash are still unaccounted for, the Dutch government said on Thursday.

Forensic experts this week identified a Dutch national, the Dutch Justice and Security Ministry said in a weekly update, not disclosing the nationality of the other victim. Relatives have been notified.

Since July, experts have been working to identify bodies and incomplete sets of remains gathered from the scene and flown back to The Netherlands. It is not clear when the identification process will be completed.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17 in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, some 60 kilometers (around 37 miles) from the Russian border in the zone of combat operations between Donetsk self-defense forces and the Ukrainian army.

All passengers and crew died in the crash, The Netherlands reporting 196 victims, the highest death toll in the disaster.

A report by the Dutch safety board leading the investigation said in September that flight MH17 crashed after a “large number of high-energy objects” penetrated its fuselage.

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