At least eight civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said.
Fierce fighting in the vicinity of the airliner crash site prevented international monitors from reaching it yesterday to investigate the downing of the plane with the loss of all 298 people on board.
Experts are due to renew their efforts to reach the crash site, still in rebel-held territory.
The mother of the three Australian children killed on flight MH17 told a memorial service her "arms would always be reaching for them."
A woman has apparently posted pictures of herself on social media with mascara looted from the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash site.
A large section of plane wreckage and everyday carry-on items like chocolates remain scattered among the wild flowers at the crash site.