Netherlands deploys more experts to probe MH17 crash

The Hague: The Dutch government has decided to send more experts to Ukraine to investigate the cause of Malaysia Airline flight MH17's crash.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Friday said that the experts will arrive in the government-held Kharkiv city, close to the crash site in eastern Ukraine, Xinhua reported.

The experts will join the team of 10-15 members who are already stationed there.

"We will do everything to get to the MH17 crash site to continue the work we unfortunately had to stop due to the insecurity," Rutte said.

"With more experts going back, we will be fully prepared when opportunity arises to go back to the crash site and act quickly," he added.

The flight MH17, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down down in separatists-controlled eastern Ukraine July 17, killing all 298 on board.

The Ukrainian government and Western countries accuse the rebels of shooting the aircraft down with a surface-to-air BUK missile supplied by Russia. Moscow and the rebels have denied this accusation and have blamed Ukraine for the attack.

A preliminary report released Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board (OVV), which is leading the probe, said the flight "broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside".

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