MH17: DNA retrieved from bodies

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iol pic wld_UKRAINE-CRISIS-AIRPLANE_0724_11 Reuters A piece of the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is seen at the crash site near the village of Petropavlovka, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. File picture: Maxim Zmeyev

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The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said from Kiev on Wednesday the team had also recovered personal belongings of 27 victims at the mortuary.

Flight MH17 was downed in an area held by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.

Remains of around 200 victims were transferred to the Netherlands earlier and are being painstakingly identified.

Remains of another 80 people are believed to still lay unrecovered at the crash site.

Investigators from Aalbersberg's team reached the crash site for the first time in days on Thursday, braving clashes between separatists and Ukrainian forces. - Sapa-AP

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