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MH17 wreckage recovery completed in east Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:54PM GMT

Dutch experts have concluded the recovery of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 from its crash site in the troubled eastern Ukraine.

The Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a statement that the recovered fragments were loaded onto trains and ferried to the Ukrainian government-controlled city of Kharkiv, situated about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of the capital, Kiev, on Sunday.

The statement said trucks carrying larger chunks of the plane's fuselage had already driven to Kharkiv on Saturday.

Investigators from the Netherlands are heading the probe into the July 17 disaster, in which all the 298 passengers on board the plane, including 193 Dutch citizens, died after their plane mysteriously crashed in eastern Ukraine while it was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The Dutch experts are to reconstruct parts of the doomed Boeing 777 in the Netherlands as part of their investigation into the cause of the crash.

"When the wreckage arrives in Kharkiv, transportation to the Netherlands will be prepared," the OVV said, adding, "At this point, it cannot be said when and in what way this transport will be carried out."

Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia activists and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russia protests in mid-April.

According to the latest figures by the United Nations, more than 4,300 people have been killed in the fighting. In addition, nearly a million people have been forced to flee their homes.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse neighboring Russia of having a hand in the chaotic situation in eastern Ukraine. However, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegations as baseless.


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