The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.
NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner in Donetsk, says Australian premier Tony Abbott is close to a deal that would allow dozens of police to guard the wreckage site. Corey says, and the Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens on MH17, is also negotiating to send unarmed police to the approximately 20-square mile site.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Thursday that he would send 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine "to investigated the crash and seek the remaining victims," the BBC says.
Abbott ordered a further 100 Australian Federal Police to the wreckage site, where 37 Australians in last Wednesday's shoot-down of the plane by a surface-to-air missile. Some 90 AFP were sent earlier, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
The newspaper reports:
The group of 100 will be pre-deployed to the Netherlands and Mr Abbott said a small number of ADF (Australian Defence Force) members would travel with the group.
Mr Abbott said Australia was close to finalising an agreement with Ukraine for the deployment of police to assist in the investigation around MH-17 and to secure the crash site.
He stressed that the Australian deployment had "one purpose and one purpose only" which was to "bring our people home."
Mr Abbott said Australia had no desire to get involved in European politics.
"All we want to do is claim our dead and to bring them back."