Total of 278 victims of MH17 air disaster now identified

It was announced today that a further 6 victims of the MH17 air disaster have been identified. Of these 6 victims, 5 were Dutch nationals and 1 was a national of another country. This brings the total number of victims of the disaster now identified to 278.

The next of kin of these victims have been informed. The mayors of the municipalities in which the victims lived will also be notified if, when consulted, the next of kin express a desire for this to be done. At the request of the relevant countries’ embassies, the nationalities of the identified victims who were not from the Netherlands has not been disclosed.

A team of specialists is currently hard at work on identifying victims of the disaster. However, as was previously stressed, it may take some time before all the victims have been identified. The media will be provided with periodic updates on the progress made.