The head of a Dutch forensic team said on Monday that a train, carrying the remains of victims from the Malaysian airliner crash, should set off later on Monday to a place where “we can do our work”. “The train is going. We don’t know the time and we don’t know the destination. We got a promise: today it is going,” he told reporters at the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez. “I just want the train to go to a place where we can do our work. And that is in the interest of everybody, especially the families of the victims.”
In addition, on Monday morning, Ukrainian army tanks were reported to be launching an assault to break pro-Russian rebels’ hold on the eastern city of Donetsk in the first major outbreak of hostilities in the area since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week.
Flight MH17 was on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it lost contact with the airline at around 15:15 CET. It was shot down in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine, kilometres from the Russian border. At least 298 passengers and crew are presumed dead.