Russia 'asks Ukraine to help' with crash rescue work

Russian emergency services have asked Kiev for permission to help with the rescue work at the site of the Malaysian Airliner plane crash in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency RIA reported.

"The Russian emergency services sent an official request to our Ukrainian colleagues to carry out joint work at the crash site of a Boeing (plane) on Ukrainian territory," Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov told Russia's RIA news agency.

A part of the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane is seen after it crashed
A part of the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane is seen after it crashed Credit: Reuters

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