As it happened: MH17 crash probe

Key points

  • The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for international investigators to be given unrestricted access to the site
  • A refrigerated train carrying the remains of 282 victims has left the town of Torez near the crash site for the city of Kharkiv
  • Dutch forensic scientists have examined bodies of passengers from flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine last Thursday
  • Several nations say there is growing evidence of Russian complicity, which Moscow denies
  • Heavy street fighting is reported in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine
  • All times in BST (GMT +1) unless otherwise stated.

Live text


  • Sherie Ryder 
  • Daniel Nasaw 
  • David Walker 

Last updated 21 July 2014


Hello and welcome to the BBC's live coverage of the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines air crash in Ukraine.


The BBC has a host of background material relating to the disaster last Thursday, including what we know about it, the people who perished and the alleged undignified response of rebels at the crash site.


To re-cap on other recent developments:

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Russia to take responsibility for the actions of pro-Russian separatists at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine
  • Mr Kerry described the rebels' handling of the bodies of the 298 people who died as "grotesque"
  • Russia has denied providing the rebels with an anti-aircraft system allegedly used to bring down the plane


Noah Sneider

tweets: OSCE onsite at Torez train station, experts have entered a wagon, beginning to inspect #mh17 bodies


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is reported by Reuters to have said that Dutch forensics experts are at the eastern Ukrainian railway station in Torez where some victims' bodies are being stored.


Italian former Foreign Minister Emma Bonino says she expects a "strong unified response" to the crisis when she and other EU foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.


It remains unclear when and where the victims' bodies will be transported, AP reports, or why the cooling system of the train in which the bodies are stored was switched off on Sunday night. An AP reporter in the town of Torez says "the smell of decomposing bodies is more pronounced than on Sunday".


Prajwal Shali

tweets: How is it that reporters can roam around at the #malaysianplanecrash site in #Ukraine but investigators are not allowed to do so?


People spray water to extinguish a fire after fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk.

People spray water to extinguish a fire on annexes of a building after fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants in the east Ukrainian city of Luhansk


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is willing to cede control of the crash investigation to the Netherlands. He repeats his belief that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.

"At the moment we have no doubt that the plane was shot down... The reason for it - a missile strike most likely from a BUK-M1 [SA-11 radar-guided missile system]... It is clear that this system could not be operated by drunk pro-Russian terrorists. They were professional people who were trained and this training took place on Russian territory and received arms and funding from Russia."