NEW INFORMATION: Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch prime minister says he is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he's sending the police not as security for the site in rebel-held territory but as "extra hands and eyes to look for remaining remains and personal belongings" of victims.

His comments Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press came a week after all 298 people aboard the Boeing 777 -- most of them Dutch citizens -- were killed when the plane was shot down.

Two more military planes carrying 74 coffins containing victims from Ukraine landed Thursday in the Netherlands, where the bodies will be identified.
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HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) -- Twenty-five forensic experts and dozens of support staff are now working to identify the remains of victims from the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.

The work began in the Netherlands late yesterday, after the remains of 40 victims arrived from Ukraine. Two more military aircraft with additional remains left Ukraine for the Netherlands today.

All 298 people aboard the flight were killed when it was brought down. Most were Dutch citizens.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he's afraid some remains will never be recovered unless security is tightened around the crash site. He has proposed a multi-national force from countries such as Australia, the Netherlands and Malaysia that lost citizens in the disaster.

He says he has sent 50 police officers to London to be ready to join any organization that may result.


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