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Malaysia to send 68 police to MH17 crash site in Ukraine after rebels agree to allow police in

Malaysia says it will send dozens of police to the Malaysian airliner's crash site in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia separatists agreed to allow international police personnel to provide protection for investigators.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement Sunday that he spoke with his counterparts from the Netherlands and Australia, and the three agreed to work together in deploying police personnel to the crash site.

The statement said 68 Malaysian police personnel would leave Kuala Lumpur for the crash site on Wednesday as part of the international deployment.

There were 193 Dutch, 43 Malaysians and 37 Australians on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board.