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Dutch want Ukraine to do more to gain MH17 access amid fighting

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The Netherlands wants Ukraine to do more to help gain access to the MH17 crash site as forensic workers failed to reach the area today due to fighting between government forces and pro-Russia separatists.

"I want to judge them on the facts and it has been insufficient, so we keep up the pressure," Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans told lawmakers in The Hague today. "This is an incredibly complex situation and there is no way we can turn this into a stable situation on our own."

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said today in a Twitter posting that "intensive planning" is under way to gain access the area, which Ukraine's Defense Ministry says is still controlled by armed insurgents. A team of Dutch forensic workers was unable to reach the site today because of clashes along the route, the government said in a statement on its website.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today in a phone call that he will fully cooperate to make sure the forensic workers gain access, Timmermans said.

"Last week, the Ukrainian president laid flowers by the Dutch embassy in Kiev and agreements were made on a cease- fire," Han Ten Broeke, a member of Rutte's VVD party, told parliament today. "It's time for Ukraine's president to walk the walk and not just talk the talk," he said.

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