Malaysia MH17 crash site: The Belongings

Belongings of 289 passengers on Malaysia MH17 crash site, scattered across fields covering an area of 20 sq km.

Most of these photos were taken in July, within hours after the Boeing 777 airliner was shot down over a rebel-held area of Donbass, Ukraine during the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion. The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. No passenger and no crew member survived after the crash.

Dutch investigators and OSCE officials are now supervising operation of loading fragments and debris onto trains for examination in Kharkiv.

All previous accesses to the crash site were complicated due to concerns about safety and the frequent heavy combats across the region.

Near Hrabove (Grabovo) , Donetsk region, Ukraine.

Photos and text: Mstyslav Chernov

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