A woman who thinks her sister was on the aircraft cries as
she waits for more information at Kuala Lumpur
International Airport. REUTERS/Samsul Said
Russia has asked Kiev for permission to help with rescue
work in eastern Ukraine after a Malaysian passenger airliner
was brought down there, the Emergencies Ministry said.
"The Russian emergency services sent an official request to
our Ukrainian colleagues to carry out joint work at the crash
site of a Boeing (plane) on Ukrainian territory," Emergencies
Minister Vladimir Puchkov told Russia's RIA news agency.
Russia's Health Ministry also offered its expertise in
helping to identify the bodies of the 295 people killed,
ministry spokesman Oleg Salagan told RIA.
It was not clear whether Kiev had responded.
Relations between Russia and Ukraine are badly strained
following the overthrow of a Ukrainian president who was
sympathetic to Moscow and Russia's subsequent annexation of
the Crimea region from Ukraine.
Kiev accuses Moscow of backing pro-Russian separatists who
have risen up in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies the
Meanwhile, armed separatists are hindering search efforts at
the site, the head of Ukraine's emergency services says.
"The search work is difficult because we are talking about a
big radius ... but also because armed terrorists who are on
the spot are hampering things," Serhiy Bochkovsky told
journalists. He gave no details.