A Russian delegation led by Oleg Storchevoy, deputy head of Russia's federal air transport agency Rosaviatsia, arrived in Kiev earlier.
The rebels deny that they shot it down with a missile by mistake. Well over 1, civilians and combatants have been killed since the new Ukrainian government sent troops into east Ukraine in mid-April to quell the insurgency.
The rebels have been forced back towards male escort phoenix strongholds in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, which have come under heavy bombardment. The crash area appears to be still under the control of rebel fighters, an AP news agency journalist at the scene said. The press service for Ukraine's "anti-terrorist operation" said troops would refrain from combat edcorts in the Donetsk region, except in self-defence, in order to allow investigators to do their work on Thursday.
Billionaire tycoon Arkady Rotenberg, a former judo sparring partner of President Vladimir Putin, is among those affected by EU travel bans and asset freezes Separatist rebels are reportedly due to meet a Ukrainian delegation on Friday in Minsk, as Belarus hosts talks involving Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE Rebel control OSCE monitors on the ground said in a tweet that they had reached the crash site with the Dutch and Australian investigators after using a new access route.
Speaking at a news conference, he and his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, said they were united in mourning.
Related Topics. In other developments Ukraine's parliament backed the potential deployment of up to Dutch and Australian "armed personnel" at the crash site The parliament also rejected the reation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk after the recent collapse of his coalition A new round of EU sanctions was revealed on Qustralia following similar action by the US.
The Dutch prime minister outlined their three shared priorities: to repatriate the rest of the passengers' remains from Ukraine, to establish the cause of the crash australoa to bring those responsible to justice. Australia believes that around 80 bodies remain at the crash site. Russian aviation experts are also in Ukraine, hoping to visit the site.
Getting out of their cars, they stopped for a minute's silence in remembrance of those killed almost two weeks ago to the hour. A journalist for AFP news agency heard several "powerful" blasts and saw a plume of smoke less than 10km six miles from the crash site.
It remains unclear when larger teams of police and forensics will be deployed, despite getting backing from the Ukrainian parliament, says the BBC's Tom Burridge in Kiev. Russia has come under increased pressure to end its support for the rebels despite having continually denied claims that it is arming and training them. The Netherlands lost of its citizens in the crash while Australia lost 27 and Malaysia Fighting between government and rebel forces had prevented them getting there for nearly a week.
Officials in Russia, which has been accused by the US and others of supplying the rebels with advanced weaponry, suggest that Ukraine's own armed forces downed the jet - a charge rejected by Kiev. Explosions were reportedly heard near the site after their arrival. Closure Speaking on a visit to Kiev, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had been told that 80 bodies could still be at the crash site.