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Ukraine: Civilians flee fighting near MH17 crash site

Civilians from towns around the area of Eastern Ukraine where flight MH17 was shot down are continuing to flee the fighting.

Heavy clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels around Donetsk have also prevented international experts from reaching the MH17 plane crash site.

Government troops in eastern Ukraine say they have taken a strategic town near Donetsk amid heavy fighting with separatists.

Dutch and Australian forensic teams visited the site on Thursday for the first time since the 17 July crash.

Jonathan Beale reports.

  • 01 Aug 2014
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