Vital evidence into the crash of flight MH17 could be lost because pro-Russian armed groups are compromising the crash site. The UN security council is to vote today on whether to demand that the Russian separatists relinquish their control of the site.
Ukraine is officially in charge of the MH17 accident investigation by virtue of being the state where it occurred. However, it has been widely reported that Russian separatists have controlled the clean-up operation, seized the aircraft’s black boxes and have not carried out proper examinations. Looting of both the aircraft and the dead passengers’ belongings has also been reported.
ICAO has confirmed it will send a team to assist the Ukrainian authorities, while the country's prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has been tasked with holding a special governmental commission to investigate the case.
The UK has reportedly threatened further sanctions on Russia should it not allow foreign authorities to investigate the crash, at the same time Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disaster.