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A New Zealand woman has been confirmed as being among the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully confirmed the death and said another person, a British citizen who had been living in New Zealand, was also killed.
The New Zealand woman, a longtime resident of Australia, was travelling with her husband, a Dutch citizen.
The British citizen woman was also travelling with a spouse.
Mr McCully, speaking at a press conference this afternoon, called the MH17 crash a "terrible tragedy''.
"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those involved,'' he said.
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Mr McCully warned there was a possibility more New Zealanders could be among the 298 who were aboard.
"The identities of all those on board was still to be confirmed,'' he said.
Mr McCully said the families, who were being supported, had asked for privacy.
He also said he would be meeting Russian officials, saying he was concerned over reports the crash site was not being kept secure and that he wanted to see a concise investigation into the crash.