MH17 bodies leave Ukraine rebel area and reach Kharkhiv



A train with the remains of victims of the Malaysian airliner which crashed in Ukraine has arrived in the city of Kharkhiv, outside rebel territory.

The transfer of bodies from flight MH17 follows international pressure on pro-Russia rebels, amid accusations that the aircraft was shot down.

The rebels earlier handed over the “black box” flight recorders to Malaysian officials.

The Boeing 777 crashed last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

The Malaysian Airlines flight came down in rebel-held territory near the eastern village of Grabove.

Many of the victims were Dutch and reports say the remains will be flown from Kharkiv to the Netherlands for identification.

There has been international concern that the crash site was not properly sealed off with the risk that valuable evidence could go missing.

Western nations say there is growing evidence that flight MH17 was hit by a Russian-supplied missile fired by rebels, but Russia has suggested Ukrainian government forces are to blame.

Late on Monday, the rebels, including the self-styled Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Borodai, handed over the “black box” flight recorders to Malaysian officials at a ceremony in Donetsk.

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