DONETSK, Ukraine, July 21 Three members of a
Dutch Disaster Victims Identification team arrived in the
eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Monday, the first
international investigators to reach rebel-held territory since
the airliner crashed last week.
They declined to give any details of their plans but a
representative for the rebels in the Donetsk region said rebel
leaders were prepared to meet and assist them in reaching the
site or the refrigerated train where some bodies are being kept.
Sergei Kavtaradze, an official of the self-proclaimed
Donetsk People's Republic, said the rebels would take advice
from the international experts as to where to send the train.
"We are waiting for the experts to come and decide," he told
A group of Malaysian officials was also due to arrive in
eastern Ukraine on Monday.
Officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe have been in Donetsk since the end of April to monitor
the situation in rebel-held territory.
They are the only international officials to have been at
the scene, which investigators need to be secure to have a
chance of determining what and who caused the plane to plunge
into the steppe.
A source at the OSCE said the Dutch experts would go to the
town of Torez to check the bodies in refrigerated wagons.
(Reporting by Peter Graff and Anton Zverev, writing by
Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Timothy Heritage)