Paul McGeough

Paul McGeough

Paul McGeough is chief foreign correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.

MH17: Angus Houston defends pared back search for remains and possessions

Paul McGeough A failure to find human remains that might account for an estimated 80 bodies thought to still be missing after the downing of MH17 has revived informed speculation in Canberra that a significant...

MH17 crash: Australian, Dutch governments abandon search amid worsening fighting

Deputy head of the OSCE mission Alexander Hug (second from right) talks with retired kindergarten teacher Era Pavlovna, 76, (right) after handing her a pamphlet on how to return debris of MH17 crash, in Rassypnoe.

Paul McGeough The Australian and Dutch governments have abandoned the search for victims of the Flight MH17 disaster.

Search for MH17 victims winds down in Ukraine

Malaysian and Dutch police officers walk past sunflower fields towards the MH17 crash site.

Paul McGeough Rassypnoe, Ukraine: The search for human remains at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine is winding down, with an expectation among the Australian search party here that they will be withdrawn as...

'We're not looking for teddy bears': MH17 search will be limited, AFP commander says

An Australian Federal Police officer reads a Harvey World Travel document as he walks through the fields where MH17 crashed.

Paul McGeough There will not be a traditional field-by-field search of all 50 square kilometres of the MH17 crash site in Eastern Ukraine, despite Canberra's "bring them home'' undertakings to repatriate all human...

MH17: the shelling that halted search

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Paul McGeough Shelling breaks out as Paul McGeough explains how international investigators were delayed by fighting at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine.

MH17: Expectations of success changing as shelling again frustrates investigators

Australian Federal Police prepare to search crash site.

Paul McGeough Australian and Dutch investigators were on the road to the MH17 crash site before 8am on Monday, but the menace of war kept them away from the site for most of the day.

MH17 investigator convoy held up by renewed gunfire

Pro-Russian rebels in the village of Rassypnoye.

Paul McGeough The Australian and Dutch investigators charged with retreiving the bodies and effects of the vicitms of the MH17 air disaster has once again been held off reaching the crash site by renewed gunfire...

MH17: AFP investigates site

Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch coutnerparts collect human remains from the MH17 crash site in the fields outside the village of Grabovka in the self proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Ukraine. 2nd August, 2014. Photo: Kate GeraghtyClick to play video

Paul McGeough Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch counterparts search for victims at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, chief foreign correspondent Paul McGeough reports.

MH17 team's grim search for 'remaining remains' in shadow of war

Australian Federal Police and their Dutch counterparts at the MH17 crash site.

Paul McGeough 'Bring ‘em home' became more than just a slogan as Australian Federal Police teams scoured the MH17 crash site for much of Saturday, their quiet bagging of the previously overlooked remains of...

Australians take part in search for more human remains from MH17 crash site

Australian Federal Police searching at the MH17 crash site for human remains.

Paul McGeough At last, after weeks of frustration for investigators and emotional pain for families and friends of the 298 passengers and crew lost in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the wheat and...

Vladimir Antyufeev: the man who decides who can access the MH17 crash site

Vladimir Antyufeyev: decides who can access the MH17 crash site.

Paul McGeough Lenin took it in the guts for the Donetsk People’s Republic, the prime minister is missing in action and his nominal deputy Vladimir Antyufeev, who is running the shop, tools around town in the...

Australian investigators reach MH17 crash site

Paul McGeough A 20-vehicle Australian-Dutch convoy of crash investigators arrive at the MH17 crash site shortly before noon on Friday.

Ukraine war zone tempers Federal Police attempts to access MH17 crash site

AFP's Brian McDonald in Ukraine.

Paul McGeough The Australian and Dutch air crash investigators made a dramatic switch in their plans early Friday – instead of dispatching 60 of their number to the MH17 crash site, they packed...

MH17: Two Australian investigators spend less than two hours at crash site

Pro-Russian rebel sniper 'Angel' on road outside Shakhtersk.

Paul McGeough Hours of pain-staking negotiations with Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels pared the time that the first Australian investigators – just two of them – could spend at the MH17 crash...

Fighting continues around MH17 site despite Ukraine's ceasefire annoucement

Alexander Hug (front, centre), deputy head for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's monitoring mission in Ukraine, stands with members of his team on the way to the MH17 site on Wednesday.

Paul McGeough Australian and Dutch investigators have finally reached the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said late on Thursday night.

In Ukraine, lives of innocent caught in crossfire

Nastia Dankovtseva

Paul McGeough At age 11 year, Nastia Dankovtseva is too familiar with the weapons of war.

MH17: Kiev says it will secure crash site by Thursday 'at the latest'

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Paul McGeough A blanket of pale smoke hung over Shakhtersk and jagged pillars of a darker, more ominous smoke rose from the downtown area, as the Ukrainian army attempted to steal control of the MH17 crash site.

Donetsk in firing line as MH17 crash site becomes battlefield goal

Residents of Shakhtersk run towards buses being provided by the pro-Russian rebels for people wanting to flee the town from the conflict after heavy shelling over the past two days in the area.

Paul McGeough A blanket of pale smoke hung over Shakhtersk and jagged pillars of a darker, more ominous smoke rose from the downtown area, as the Ukranian army attempted to tighten its noose on key rebel-held...

MH17: Atop the fires of war is repatriation of the 38 dead Australians

Fleeing residents of Shakhtersk run towards buses provided by pro-Russian rebels after heavy shelling.

Paul McGeough They are stoking the fires of war on the steppes of the old Soviet Union, and atop the blaze is Tony Abbott's promise to repatriate the remains of the 38 Australians who perished in the...

MH17 crash site closed by fighting

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Paul McGeough Paul McGeough reports from the embattled Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where international monitors including AFP officers are frustrated by failed attempts to access the plane crash site.