Donetsk (Ukraine) – There are still human remains on the site where the Malaysian passenger plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine, a representative of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said yesterday.
“We observed smaller body parts at the site,” OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told a briefing in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk after his group inspected the site earlier in the day.
He said all recovery efforts seem to have ended but his group saw a plastic bag with some human remains left behind while Malaysian experts noticed a strong smell indicating the likely presence of more remains in another spot.
“We’ve never really seen intensive combing over the site – people arm in arm going over the fields,” Bociurkiw said, adding there was effectively no security at the site and that so far only a small number of international experts visited it.
Most of the remains of the 298 victims of the MH17 crash arrived on a special train to the government-controlled city of Kharkiv earlier yesterday and are due to be flown to the Netherlands after initial identification. – Reuters