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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Vigil held as MH17 victims flown home

Vigils were held in the Netherlands as bodies from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were flown back from the Ukraine. Crowds lined the streets and let off balloons in memory of the 298 people who were killed when the plane was allegedly shot down last week. It is thought more bodies will be flown back today.