International experts started to collect plane wreckage at the Malaysian Boeing crash site in eastern Ukraine, the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said.
"International experts have started to collect wreckage as some pieces are still at the crash site. Their work is complicated by non-stop clashes near the Boeing crash site," DPR Fist Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin told Interfax.
The conflict parties have failed to agree on ceasefire for now, Purgin said.
It emerged earlier on Tuesday that the mission consisting of 110 experts from the Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia had visited the air crash site.
According to the OSCE's Twitter page, the experts were accompanied by nine members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine. Seventeen vehicles are present at the site.
According to the OSCE, on Tuesday its mission will focus on searching for the remains of the air crash victims.
A search conducted at the crash site on August 4 led to the discovery of passenger personal effects, in particular, a passport and photo albums. At the same time, the search only lasted for an hour and a half because of audible shooting around the crash site that morning.
Fourteen vehicles and 116 experts, including 66 from the Netherlands, 37 from Australia and 13 from Malaysia, are expected to travel to the crash site on August 5.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which was flying from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), crashed in east Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board were killed.
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