Bone fragments found in Ukraine do come from MH17 victims

Flowers outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev after the disaster. Photo: katatonia82

Pieces of bone found in the vicinity of the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine contain DNA material from seven of the victims, the Dutch justice ministry is quoted as saying by news agency ANP on Tuesday.

The bone fragments were handed over to the Dutch forensic institute for analysis last month by the Ukraine authorities. In total, 15 of the 23 fragments were found to have human DNA, and eight of those were traced to people who died in the disaster.

Experts are still trying to extract DNA from the seven other fragments. No trace of two of the Dutch victims of the crash has yet been found.

The Malaysia Airlines plane was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down in July 2014, killing all 298 people on board. Most of the victims were Dutch.