(QHA) -

The first group of experts from Australia and the Netherlands has been able to get to the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing 777 in Donetsk region, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said.

"Great news as Dutch-Aussie advance-party of experts have just made it on to MH17 crash site. At last work begins to bring our people home," she wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

The group of international experts, which includes both OSCE monitors and Dutch and Australian experts, has been unable to reach the Boeing crash site for several days amid continuing military action in the area.

Ukraine on July 31 announced a day-long pause to its military operation against pro-Russian separatists in the east.

A military spokesman said the move was in response to an appeal by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to halt fighting to allow access to the crash site of the Malaysian airliner.

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