Investigation underway, as victims' bodies leave Ukraine
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:27
Seventy-four more coffins leave for the Netherlands, as Russia continues to deny involvement in the Malaysia Airlines crash. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine are being brought back home. Seventy four coffins were flown to the Netherlands, Thursday.
The Dutch Foreign Minister thanked Ukraine for this, while the Ukrainian Foreign Minister reiterated their priorities:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, PAVLO KLIMKIN, SAYING:
"Our common priority, is to ensure the full access to the crash site, is to ensure the transparent and effective investigation."
In an effort to secure the area, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says they're ready to send over police.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING:
"There has still not been anything like a thorough professional search of the area where the plane came down."
Fingers are still being pointed at armed rebels for shooting down the plane, with Russia denying involvement.
The Russian Deputy Defence Minister says the U.S. has not got proof to back up its accusations:
(SOUNDBITE) RUSSIAN DEPUTY DEFENCE MINISTER, ANATOLY ANTONOV, SAYING:
"It was declared that the data, collected by US technical intelligence, and the satellite photographs prove that the rocket was launched from the territory controlled by the rebels. Question: Where is this data? Why is it not presented to the public? Are they, so to say, still making it?"
A search for the truth continues as international monitors scour the crash site for clues.
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