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Tuesday 23 September 2014

196 bodies found at MH17 crash site as Britain seeks sanctions against Russia

Published 20/07/2014 | 10:03

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An emergency worker pauses in a truck loaded with bodies of the victims at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine
An emergency worker pauses in a truck loaded with bodies of the victims at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine

The local department of Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry in the eastern Donetsk region said on Sunday 196 bodies had been found at the site where the Malaysian airliner crashed.

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"As of 7 a.m. on July 20, in the Shakhtarsky region of the crash site of the Boeing 777, 196 bodies were found," it said in a statement, adding that divers were involved in the search because the area included a reservoir.

Britain will on Tuesday seek to persuade other European leaders to impose further sanctions on Russia over the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying 298 passengers, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday.

"We will ... seek to get our European partners to agree to go further in terms of sanctions if Russia hasn't radically changed it's position by then," Hammond told the BBC ahead of a meeting of the European union's Foreign Affairs Council on Tuesday.

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