DPR Ombudsman calls on UN to assist in transfer of human remains found at Boeing crash site to investigators

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DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova has sent an official letter to the head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Fiona Fraser asking her to assist in the transfer of human remains assumed to be those of the Boeing crash victims.

“The DPR Ombudsman’s Office reports that human remains, assumed to be the remains of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing MH-17 crash victims, are kept in the Republic. In order to improve the quality of the investigation and for moral reasons related to the return of the remains of passengers and crew members, found at the crash site, we ask you to assist the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) by facilitating the transfer of the remains and the aircraft fragments.”

According to Morozova, Ms. Fraser is expected to arrive in the DPR this week to discuss the transfer procedures.

Viktoria Talakina, press secretary of the DPR Head of Delegation at the Contact Group Denis Pushilin, said that a similar letter was sent to the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Ertugrul Apakan in early September.

As reported earlier, staffs of the General Prosecutor’s Office in the DPR have found human remains at the Boeing-777 crash site outside Torez that presumably belong to victims of the flight accident. The DPR communicated an official letter to the Netherlands notifying about its readiness to hand over the remains of the victims.

To be recalled, Malaysia Airlines Boeing, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on 17 July 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) led by experts from Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Ukraine and Belgium investigate the plane crash.

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