Debris of the Boeing 777 at the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane crash site, near the village of Rozsypne in Eastern Ukraine.
Debris of the Boeing 777 at the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane crash site, near the village of Rozsypne in Eastern Ukraine. EPA

MH17: AFP warns journalist to hand back debris, items

AUSTRALIAN Federal Police have warned an Australian citizen to return items he collected from the MH17 crash site near the Ukraine-Russian border.

First generation Australian-Ukrainian Demjin Doroschenko was in the region working as a freelance journalist when MH17 was shot down.

The 45-year-old said he was one of the first on scene and formed the self-proclaimed MH17 Donbass Recovery Team.

He said he collected hundreds of pieces of evidence for "safekeeping and out of reach of the forces of the Russian Federation".

Demjin Doroschenko removed items from the MH17 crash site.

"It needs to be rescued or otherwise the Russians will appropriate any other pieces that they can use in their case against the Joint Investigation Team [JIT]," he said.

ABC


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