Date
17 August 2017
A Malaysian expert examines a black box belonging to MH17 during a handover from pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk early Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
A Malaysian expert examines a black box belonging to MH17 during a handover from pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk early Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes, bodies from MH17

Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 to Malaysian experts early Tuesday, BBC reported. 

The black boxes were turned over to Malaysian officials by a senior Ukrainian separatist leader at a meeting in the city of Donetsk, it said.

The head of the Malaysian delegation was quoted as saying that the recorders were “in good condition”.

Meanwhile, the remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a news conference on Monday that a train carrying around 200 body bags was on its way to rebel-held Donetsk and then to Kharkiv, which is in Ukrainian government hands, from where the bodies would be taken back to the Netherlands to be identified.

The train left the crash site after the Malaysian prime minister reached agreement with the separatists for recovered bodies to be handed over to authorities in the Netherlands, where the largest number of victims came from, the report said.

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