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Jul 25, 2014 12:01 PM by Associated Press

Dutch and Australian investigators on the scene

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) - A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators has been walking through the unsecured crash site of the Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine today.

Their governments are preparing police detachments that will try to protect the crash area and help bring the last of the victims home. The Dutch prime minister says his country is ready to send 40 unarmed military police to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to help investigators. Australia's prime minister has said his government is close to a deal to send police.

There's still been no announcement of any large-scale deployment of experts and security personnel, and the site is largely unsecured. The four Australian and three Dutch investigators walked among the widely-scattered plane parts near two grazing cows. They were accompanied by observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Speaking in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Australia's foreign minister said there would be a "police-led humanitarian mission." She spoke as more remains were placed on flights to the Netherlands today for identification and investigation. The Australian and Dutch planes today carried another 74 coffins from Kharkiv, in government-controlled eastern Ukraine.

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