The international recovery mission hopes to return to the scene of the MH17 crash in Donetsk region as soon as it is possible, its head Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg has said.
At a Saturday briefing in Kharkiv he voiced hope that the security situation would stabilize in the nearest future and the team would be able to fully inspect the scene of the catastrophe and complete its mission. He also hoped that the international mission, Ukrainian specialists and everyone involved in the process would be able to return as soon as it is possible.
He said that a small group of 12-14 experts with the necessary equipment would stay in Kharkiv. Local residents will be able to return the remains of the crash victims or their personal belongings to it.
Aalbersberg thanked local residents, specialists from the State Service for Emergency Situations and volunteers for helping with the search.
He said they learned that over 800 volunteers had conducted intensive search efforts in the first few days after the crash when most of the bodies of the victims were found. All of them were returned to the Netherlands, he said. The fact that the international team found only a small number of remains in the past few days only proves the fact that the work done immediately after the crash was greater than it had been thought before, he said.
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