Around 100 Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers may be sent together with military personnel in order to help secure MH17 crash site. The option is considered in order to help bring Australian citizen bodies. A multi-national military force is currently discussed.
Sources declare that one of the options considered is sending one contingent from the AFP International Deployment Group to the crash site as a part of an international military force. According to Tony Abbott, different contingency plans are currently considered.
One of the decisions that is considered is to send in an unarmed force. However, an armed force is also considered in order to protect the crash site in the war zone.
Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, invited Australia to be a part of the peacekeeping force that is prepared to be deployed towards Eastern Ukraine, in an effort to secure the site.
The news breaks as there is fear that the bodies of some Australian citizens and residents may not be recovered if swift action is not taken. Initial reports say that many remains were not transported from the crash site.