(Government of the Netherlands)The 70 Dutch and Australian experts have concluded their work for today at the MH17 crash site. All the human remains they have found will be taken away from the site.


'We are glad that we can ensure these remains will be transported to the Netherlands now. We hope this will be of some comfort to the relatives. Our people are relieved to finally have been able to get to work on the site,' said Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, head of the mission.

The team is now on its way to a new base of operations. The entire team of experts in the repatriation mission is relocating its base of operations to Soledar, a town in Ukraine situated northwest of the location where flight MH17 crashed two weeks ago. Kharkiv will remain the mission's base for logistics and other services. The Netherlands will continue to be represented in Donetsk, along with the OSCE.

Press statement by Pieter Jaap Aalbersberg, head of the repatriation mission