Dutch experts go to Donetsk region to look for personal items of Malaysian Boeing passengers

The deputy head of the Dutch search mission in Ukraine, Hans van der Veen, and several other experts are heading to the Donetsk region where they will continue to look for personal belongings of the passengers from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, the press service of the Kharkiv region administration has reported.

The deputy head of the Dutch search mission in Ukraine, Hans van der Veen, and several other experts are heading to the Donetsk region where they will continue to look for personal belongings of the passengers from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, the press service of the Kharkiv region administration has reported.

In the Donetsk region, van der Veen will work together with representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Ukraine's emergencies service, senior Dutch police superintendent Patrick Voss, a member of the MH17 temporary search mission, was quoted as saying by the press service.

The main goal of this trip to the Donetsk region is to collect the victims' personal belongings at the crash site, he said. The search mission has already managed to find some personal items, including burned documents, passports and driving licenses, as well as several suitcases. It was impossible to examine the entire territory for quite understandable reasons, he said.

Voss met with Kharkiv Region Governor Ihor Baluta on Monday in the presence of local officials, as well as representatives of Ukraine's emergencies service, law enforcement agencies and the Security Council of Ukraine.

According to Voss, OSCE staff will meet with the Dutch side within the next few days in order to decide whether or not the search operation at the Malaysian Boeing crash site should continue.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people on board. The main theory suggests that the airplane was shot down by a missile when flying over the armed conflict area in the southeast of Ukraine.

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