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Ukrainians recover belongings of MH17 victims

October 13, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government says Ukrainian searchers have recovered belongings including passports, luggage, jewelry and children’s toys from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The Security and Justice Ministry said in a statement that 40 members of the Ukrainian disaster response agency participated in a new round of searching at the wreckage site in Eastern Ukraine Monday. Four Dutch officials and an OSCE team were also present.

Eight forensic experts will fly to Ukraine to examine the belongings before they are returned to the Netherlands.

All 298 people on board were killed when the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur broke up on July 17. An initial report said it was hit from outside by multiple high energy objects, which some aviation experts say is consistent with a missile strike.