No investigation appears to be under way at the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, FRANCE 24 reports, as Dutch and Australian troops remain on standby for deployment to secure the rebel-held crash site.
“The smell of death and engine fuel is still very strong here at the crash site of flight MH17, over a week after the tragedy,” said FRANCE 24’s Luke Brown, reporting from the scene.
“Few security measures have been put in place to protect the site and any forensic evidence that could be found here,” Brown said, adding that some 40 Dutch police officers are expected to secure the area in the coming days.
The Netherlands is leading the international probe after losing 193 citizens in the crash of Malaysian flight MH17 in east Ukraine, where fighting between the army and separatists claimed over a dozen more lives on Friday.
A truce has been declared in the vicinity of the vast crash site in rebel-held Grabove, where remains of the victims still lie decomposing under the sweltering summer heat. …