The ceasefire in the East of Ukraine allows to resume a search operation in the area of the crash of Boeing 777 "Malaysian Airlines", such an opinion was stated during a meeting of Volodymyr Groysman, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Chairman of the State Commission for the investigation of the causes of the accident, and Hishamuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence of Malaysia.
"We could resume examination of the site of the crash. The Ukrainian Government has facilitated and will continue support, within the limits of our responsibilities, of the investigation process. And we will further do everything possible to ensure finding bodies and remains and sending them to the families. We are ready to provide overall support to the group engaged in the investigation of the plane crash for them to start work on the site of the tragedy as soon as possible," said Volodymyr Groysman.
He stressed that all the activities of the experts, in particular, from Malaysia and Australia, on the site of the tragedy must be coordinated by the Netherlands side, which is investigating the causes of the plane accident.
In turn, the Minister of Defence of Malaysia Hishamuddin Hussein noted that, despite the truce, the attacks continue, and Malaysia does not want to expose to risk and danger the Malaysian group of professionals involved in the investigation process. However, having obtained a permission from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Malaysia sent to Ukraine 20 investigators who are ready to get to the place of tragedy, when an opportunity arises.
"We do not intend to attend the place of the tragedy independently – only together with the Netherlands and Australia, under the coordination of the OSCE and Ukraine," he said.
The parties agreed that the approaching winter and the prospect of deteriorating weather conditions were exacerbating earlier resumption of the investigating activities. In particular, the search area should be decreased and efforts focused on those areas, where access was restricted before.
Volodymyr Groysman and Hishamuddin Hussein discussed the preliminary report of the Dutch Safety Board, which contains clear explanations that the circulating versions of sudden deviations of the aircraft from the flight plan or possible technical failure were not confirmed.
"As we see from the results of the report, the truth is gradually coming out", - said the Minister of Defence of Malaysia.