MH17: Lull in fighting enables experts to reach crash site

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MH17: Lull in fighting enables experts to reach crash site

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International monitors accompanied by Dutch and Australian experts have reached the crash site of the downed MH17 aircraft. Kyiv called a one-day pause in combat operations against the rebels to allow them to reach the area in eastern Ukraine.

The investigation had been stalled for several days as experts were denied access to the site by rebel militia and heavy fighting in the area.

Russian and Ukrainian envoys have since agreed to keep open the route used by the international experts, according to a senior Ukrainian official. Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman told a briefing in Kyiv that the agreement was reached during talks in the Belarussian capital, Minsk.

It is also reported Russian aviation experts have arrived in Kyiv ahead of a visit to the site where they will apparently work with international colleagues.

Interfax the Russian news agency said the experts intended to meet the head of the investigative commission and to hand over all the materials that the chairman of the commission had previously asked for.

The teams will study the debris which is scattered across farmland after the plane was believed to have been shot down two weeks ago killing all 298 people on board.