Dutch Foreign Minister, Bert Koenders has claimed that nine of the passengers of flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine earlier this year are still unaccounted for.
The Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed whilst in territory which was held by pro-Russian rebels carrying on board 298 victims, the majority of which were Dutch.
Although there was speculation surrounding what happened to the aircraft, all pro-Russian rebels denied any involvement with the aircraft and said they did not shoot the flight down but made the suggestion that it was Ukrainian fighter jets.
Although actually gaining access to investigate the site proved challenging due to the conflicts in Ukraine, with their access the site suspended due to fighting in August, Mr Koenders praised the experts that examined the site and said they had come “a long way” in regards to finding out what actually happened.
They came to a conclusion that it was highly likely that the plane was hit by a missile and they are uncertain whether they are able to recover the bodies of the last nine victims, but will continue the investigation in a hope to recover more remains.