The remains of the final 44 Malaysian passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 were identified, says a statement from the government.
The last Malaysian victims was identified as Allahyarhamah Puan Sri Siti Amirah Prawira Kusuma, who is slated to be buried in the Netherlands, according to the Malaysian Transport Ministry.
“During this difficult time, the families of the passengers and crew of MH17 remain foremost on our minds and we continue to keep them in our prayer,” Malaysian Transport Minister Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong La said, reported CNN.
He added: “I wish to reiterate our commitment to the families of the passengers and crew of MH17 and the fact that justice must be served on the criminals who caused this heinous act. Towards this end, investigations at the crash site must continue despite the on-going geopolitical situation on the ground.”
The flight was going from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur before it was allegedly shot down on July 17 over eastern Ukraine.
All 298 people on the plane died. It has been suspected by Ukraine and the US that Russian-backed rebels shot down the airliner, although the Kremlin has denied these claims.
On Tuesday, state-run RIA Novosti reported that Dutch experts have arrived in Donetsk, Ukraine, to remove the MH17 wreckage.
“Three Dutch experts have arrived to remove the wreckage of Boeing, which still remains near the town of Torez. The first consultation with the representatives of our Emergencies Ministry, Ministry of Transport and police was held today. The experts also visited the crash site,” Andrei Purgin, an official involved in the talks, told the media outlet.
He said the experts are trying to assess how to transport the wreckage. “Likely [they will take the wreckage] to Netherlands via Kharkov,” Purgin said, adding that he believes the wreckage will be removed “in two or three weeks.”