Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukraine rebels guarantee investigators access to crash site

Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the pro-Russian separatist "Donetsk People's Republic" Alexander Borodai (centre) stands as he arrives on the site of the crash of a malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the tow
Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the pro-Russian separatist "Donetsk People's Republic" Alexander Borodai (centre) stands as he arrives on the site of the crash of a malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. Ukraine rebels have guaranteed investigators "safe access" to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in territory they hold, negotiators said after talks with the insurgents. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine rebels have guaranteed investigators "safe access" to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in territory they hold, negotiators said after talks with the insurgents.

The separatists committed to providing "safe access and security guarantees to the national investigation commission, including international investigators, in the area under their control," the trilateral Contact Group on the Ukraine Crisis said in a statement, adding rebels would also close off the site and allow local authorities to recover the bodies of the victims.