Dutch inspectors were supposed to visit the crash site today, but were told it was unsafe to do so because of fighting in the area.
I was surprised when I learnt this earlier today, as the crash site is quite far from the frontlines.
Now reports are coming in that Ukrainian troops have entered Shakhtarsk and Torez, to the southwest and south of the crash site. They are reported to have moved on Shakhtarsk from the north, from Debaltseve (28 km northwest of the crash site), which they entered just in the last couple of days.
If confirmed, this would be one of the boldest moves yet of the Ukrainian military in the course of this war. It would cut off the Donetsk area from the other rebel-held territories.
Importantly, it would also put the Ukrainian military in a good position to seek to secure the crash site.
UPDATE: Ukrainian forces are reported to be advancing rapidly on various fronts around the crash site, and are getting closer. A spokesman of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council confirmed that the troops are seeking to secure the crash site.
In other news, a lawsuit is being prepared against Putin over MH17
[Edited 2014-07-27 06:38:00]