MH17 VICTIMS 9 UNACCOUNTED 5 BACK TO THE NETHERLANDS

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Nine of the 298 victims of July’s MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine are still unaccounted for, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has said.

He was speaking after a ceremony in Kharkiv as another five coffins with remains were flown to the Netherlands.

The Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in territory held by pro-Russian rebels.

The majority of the victims – 193 – were Dutch.

Both rebels and their supporters in Russia have denied shooting the aircraft down.

Investigators have struggled to gain access to the site as clashes continue nearby between Ukrainian government forces and the separatists.

Security concerns

Mr Koenders said experts had already come “a long way” with the identification process and would do everything they could to find more remains.

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We cannot say at this moment in any certain way… at what moment and even if we can recover the last nine, but we will do everything we can in co-operation with authorities here to make that happen,” he said, quoted by AFP news agency.

He added that investigators still hoped to recover more remnants of the plane, but it was unclear when this would happen because of uncertainties about the security situation.

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Source severall incl BBC