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Experts from Netherlands come to Boeing crash site in east Ukraine

September 28, 2015, 12:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The final report on the investigation into the last July’s crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine will be published on October 13
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MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. A group of experts from the Netherlands came on Monday to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to continue investigation into the crash of Malaysian Boeing, said Andrey Spivak, the republic’s acting prosecutor general.

"The specialists have arrived in Donetsk now, and a meeting with them is scheduled for Tuesday," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him.

The Boeing 777-200 of the Malaysia Airlines en route 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 the passengers and crewmembers aboard the aircraft - 298 people from ten countries - died. Two-thirds of the passengers - 196 people - were Dutch citizens.

On July 21, 2014 the UN Security Council demanded a thorough and unbiased investigation.

In early September, the Dutch Safety Board said in its preliminary report that the MH17 flight broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside. A surface-to-air missile that allegedly hit the plane is considered the biggest factor behind the crash.

Kiev authorities and militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic have blamed each other for shooting down the airliner.

The final report on the investigation into the last July’s crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine will be published on October 13.

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