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Ceasefire could allow MH17 team to return to crash site

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister says the ceasefire with the separatist movement could permit further detailed investigation of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777’s wreckage.

Vladimir Groisman, who heads the Ukrainian side’s inquiry commission, spoke as the Dutch Safety Board released its initial findings into the 17 July loss of flight MH17.

He said the ceasefire provides an “opportunity” to revisit the site at Hrabove in eastern Ukraine.

But Groisman also points out that approach of winter and the prospect of worsening weather conditions mean that the investigative efforts would have to be conducted efficiently.

The priority, he says, would be to narrow the search area and focus on regions to which personnel have previously had little or no access.

Malaysia’s government, which has sent a team to Ukraine, says investigators remain on standby owing to the continuing uncertainty over safety in the region.

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