02:11 GMT25 October 2020
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    According to eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s Defense Ministry, Dutch experts plan on visiting the site of last year’s Malaysian Airlines crash later on Monday.

    OSCE officials and experts inspect site of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crash
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    SHAKHTARSK (Sputnik) Dutch experts arrived in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk on Monday to visit the site of last year’s Malaysia Airlines flight crash, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR) acting attorney general said.

    "The Dutch experts have already arrived in Donetsk. A meeting with them is scheduled for tomorrow," Andrey Spivak was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying.

    On Friday, Spivak said that the DPR had collected most of the debris that had remained on its territory after the plane crash, with the view to handing it over to the relevant authorities from the Netherlands.

    In July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in the conflict-torn eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board, mostly Dutch nationals.

    The Dutch Safety Board was tasked with leading the official investigation into the MH17 crash. According to its preliminary report, the plane broke up in the air as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects penetrating the aircraft from outside.

    Kiev and the West were quick to blame eastern Ukrainian militia for the incident. The militia claim that they do not have and never have had weapons capable of shooting down an aircraft traveling at the altitude at which the MH17 was flying.

    The Dutch Safety Board's final report is due to be presented on October 13.



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