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Ukraine agrees Dutch should lead MH17 crash probe

Kiev on Monday agreed that the Dutch should lead the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in east Ukraine. Dutch forensics experts were reportedly at a train station where the victims' bodies are stored.

KIEV: Kiev on Monday agreed that the Dutch should lead the investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in east Ukraine, and added it was ready to “send all bodies to Amsterdam”.

"We are ready for the Netherlands to take upon itself the coordination of the international investigation as the country that suffered the most," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said. 

The remains of some 250 victims are currently in refrigerated train wagons under rebel guard close to the crash site, which is also controlled by insurgent fighters.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday said "all political, economic and financial options" were on the table if access to the crash site did not improve.

"It is clear that Russia must use her influence on the separatists to improve the situation on the ground," Rutte said. 

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Dutch forensics experts were on Monday at the train station in the Ukrainian town of Torez, where the bodies are stored, citing Rutte.

Rutte added that it remained unclear where the black boxes, or flight data recorders, of the downed jet were, and said they must go to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

However, Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Borodai on Sunday said pro-Russian rebels had recovered the black boxes and will hand them over to ICAO.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday was reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile in east Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. A majority of the victims were Dutch.

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