Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans at Kharkiv airport in Ukraine yesterday: “I have the impression that the separatists may have finally got the message that it is a matter of common humanity to allow all the human remains to be removed.” Photograph: EPA/Sergei Kozlov

A decision is to be made this weekend on whether Dutch special forces will be sent to eastern Ukraine to protect unarmed military police and forens(...)

A piece of the wreckage is seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in the village of Petropavlivka (, Donetsk region. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of an increased effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysi(...)

The convoy of funeral hearses arrives at the Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne in Hilversum, The Netherlands today after a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane brought back 74 more coffins containing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash, from Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine to the Eindhoven air base in the Netherlands. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/EPA

Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster have arrived in the Netherlands today, while Australian and D(...)

Mourners line the route as hearses carrying bodies of the victims of the MH17 plane crash drive in a convoy from the airbase in Eindhoven to Hilversum in The Netherlands today.  Photograph: Jerry Lampen/EPA 1:49

The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived today at a military base in the Netherlands - a nat(...)

A Malaysian air crash investigator (R) inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Rozsypne, Donetsk . Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev /Reuters 1:16

International inspectors have accused people working at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine of damaging the wreckage and failin(...)

Forensic experts from the Netherlands check bodybags holding the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, before their transfer by train froim Torez to Kharkiv. The bodies of Dutch victims are to arrive in Eindhoven by military transport aircraft on Wednesday. Photograpgh: Robert Ghement/ EPA

As the remains of those killed on Flight MH17 arrive back in the Netherlands on Wednesday, the Dutch public prosecutor has begun a preliminary investi(...)

 A pro-Russia rebel guards a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash  in Torez, Ukraine. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images 1:39

A train carrying the remains of most of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site today, after the Malaysian pr(...)

A pro-Russian separatist stands at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region today. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters.

Ukraine has accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has(...)

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference in Canberra. He said the crash made for  ‘a grim day for Australia’, and looked more like a crime than an accident. Photograph: Alan Porritt/ EPA

With at least 27 Australians among the dead on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, prime minister Tony Abbott said it was “a grim day for our country and (...)

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors speak to  pro-Russian separatists at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters 1:31

World leaders have called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as they demanded speedy access for international investigators to the crash si(...)