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  • Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine based on information received until 18:00 hrs, 21 July (Kyiv time)
    Dutch forensics experts – accompanying the SMM – assessed the storage facilities for bodies on board the train in Torez railway station for victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash as “good”. People continue to leave Luhansk city...
    Press release
    22 July 2014
  • Spot report by Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) on visit to locations related to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash, 21 July 2014
    Dutch forensics experts – accompanying the SMM – assessed the storage conditions for bodies on board the train at Torez railway station as good. At the main crash site, all bodies had been removed. The recovery process was assessed by the Dutch forensics experts as good...
    Press release
    22 July 2014
  • Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine based on information received until 18:00 hrs, 20 July (Kyiv time)
    The SMM was initially given only partial access to the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site. It was given full access on 20 July. Luhansk city was shelled...
    Press release
    21 July 2014
  • Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine based on information received until 18 July 18:00 (Kyiv time)
    The SMM obtained very limited access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which came down on 17 July near Hrabove (79 km east of Donetsk). There were dead bodies at the scene, marked, but exposed to the elements. No process of debris collection was observed. Some of the ’Donetsk People’s Republic’s‘ guards were visibly intoxicated and aggressive.
    Press release
    19 July 2014
  • Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine based on information received until 18:00 hrs, 17 July
    The SMM is currently making its way to the crash site in the Donetsk region, where a civilian aircraft came down, leading to the deaths of 298 people on 17 July. The SMM intends to monitor the situation at the scene and report accordingly...
    Press release
    18 July 2014
  • Latest news from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, based on information received until 18:00 hrs, 16 July
    Tensions remained in parts of Donbas. Other areas of Ukraine remained calm. Protesters in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Lviv demanded the release of a Ukrainian military pilot, who was abducted by armed groups operating in Donbas and is now reportedly in custody in Russia...
    Press release
    17 July 2014
  • Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine based on information received until 18:00 hrs, 15 July
    Tensions remained in parts of Donbas. The SMM began facilitating an exchange between the Ukrainian army and armed supporters of the so-called ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ (LPR) to create two local evacuation corridors for wounded Ukrainian soldiers and ‘LPR’ combatants. The situation was calm elsewhere across the country. There was a false bomb alert in Kyiv in the office of a popular TV channel...
    Press release
    16 July 2014
  • Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine based on information received until 18:00 hrs, 14 July
    Tension remained in parts of Donbas. The situation was calm elsewhere across the country. In Kharkiv, on the night of 12-13 July, the monument of independence on the Constitution Square was vandalized with red paint by unknown perpetrators, and later during the day cleaned up by city employees. Police officers were working on site in the morning. This is the fourth incident of this kind in Kharkiv.
    Press release
    15 July 2014