today we managed to load 192 bodies and 8 body parts of the innocent victims of
the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight onto a special train. The train is in Tores, and it is sealed. We finished this task in the morning, however, up until now the train has not left the
station, for the terrorists are blocking the way. We are in constant
negotiations with them regarding the transportation of the bodies of the
victims,” stated Volodymyr Hroisman,
the Vice Prime-Minister of Ukraine, Head of the State
Commission for the Investigation of the circumstances of the Malaysia Airlines
Boeing 777 crash.
addition, in the recent hours, 27 bodies and 20 body parts were found. These
bodies are still at the site, the special refrigerator car has been dispatched.
Approaching the site of the crash there is a special train, onto which these
bodies and any other bodies which may be found at the site of the plane crash
will be loaded, as the search operation continues. I believe that to find
bodies of every innocent person who died is our common task.”
today, 200 employees of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine are
participating in the search operation, along with 800 volunteers. However, they are working under the constant watch of the armed
terrorists,” pointed out Volodymyr Hroisman. “As for the technical specialists and
experts from various countries, who are ready to join the investigation at the
site of the crash, the main issue at the moment is guaranteeing their safety.
Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee their safety at the moment, and the
government of the Russian Federation, despite being addressed multiple times,
has not assumed any responsibility and did not provide guarantees. Therefore,
the decision to be present at the site of the plane crash belongs to the
experts alone as well as to their respective countries. We, on the other hand,
are ready to provide them with a plane and deliver them to the closest safe
area at any moment,” stated the Ukrainian Vice Prime-Minister.
to him, on the issue of the plane’s black boxes, at the moment, the
representatives of the State Commission for the Investigation of the
circumstances of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crash are unaware of their
location. It is suspected, however, that black boxes may be in the possession
of the terrorists.
Hroisman noted that as for the arrival of the
victims’ relatives to Ukraine, there was no official information at the moment.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will be coordinating this process,
in accordance with requests of and in cooperation with the respective
Today, Mr. Hroisman and other members of the Emergency State
Commission held a meeting with foreign experts who had arrived to Ukraine,
including the representatives of the Netherlands and Malaysia. Representatives
of other countries interested in participating in this investigation have also
been present at the meeting.
important that we hold an objective, independent and professional investigation
of this terrorist act,” said the Vice Prime-Minister of Ukraine. “The President
of Ukraine and the Prime-Minister of Ukraine constantly control the work of the
commission and monitor the investigation. We are closely working with other
ministries and services, as well as with the embassies of the countries, whose
citizens died during this horrible tragedy.”