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Jul 23, 2014

Train carrying MH17 bodies reaches government-held Ukrainian city

DONETSK, Ukraine, July 22 (Reuters) – A train carrying the
remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight
MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on
the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by
their families.

Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached
the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand
over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the
bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived.

Jul 23, 2014

Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families.

Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived.

Jul 22, 2014

Train with MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine base

DONETSK, Ukraine, July 22 (Reuters) – A train carrying the
remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight
MH17 arrived at a Ukrainian government base on Tuesday on the
first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their
families.

Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags arrived in
the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand
over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the
bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived.

Jul 21, 2014

Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

DONETSK, Ukraine July 22 (Reuters) – The remains of some of
the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed
over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday
as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane’s
black boxes to Malaysian experts.

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.

Jul 21, 2014

Bodies leave Ukraine crash site for return to Netherlands

DONETSK, Ukraine, July 21 (Reuters) – A train carrying the
remains of most of the almost 300 victims of the Malaysia
Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site on Monday,
after the Malaysian Prime Minister reached a deal with the
leader of pro-Russian separatists controlling the area.

The aircraft’s black boxes, which could hold information
about the crash in rebel-held eastern Ukraine but will not
pinpoint who did it, would be given to the Malaysian
authorities, Prime Minister Najib Razak said, indicating he had
bypassed Kiev, which has lost control of much of the east.

Jul 21, 2014

Dutch expert says Ukraine body recovery team “did a hell of a job”

HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 21 (Reuters) – The Dutch head of a
team sent to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight
MH17 praised the Ukrainian recovery workers who collected
hundreds of bodies from a giant swathe of land in a war zone for
doing a “hell of a job”.

Peter van Vliet, leader of a 3-man team of Dutch body
identification experts, the first international investigators to
visit the crash area, said his priority would be getting
hundreds of bodies now stored in refrigerated rail cars to a
location where they can be identified and sent home.

Jul 21, 2014

Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian army tanks were reported to be launching an assault to break pro-Russian rebels’ hold on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday in the first major outbreak of hostilities in the area since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week.

A separatist leader said Ukrainian government forces were trying to break into Donetsk and fighting was under way near the railway station.

Jul 20, 2014

Ukraine accuses rebels of hiding plane crash evidence

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine on Sunday accused separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian missile was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner, while Britain said Moscow faced “pariah” status and the threat of further economic sanctions.

At the biggest crash site, where emergency workers had bagged dozens of bodies on Saturday, all had been taken away on Sunday morning. Empty, bloodstained military stretchers that had been used to carry them lay by the road.

Jul 20, 2014

West toughens calls on Russia to cooperate over downed Malaysian plane

HRABOVE/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has intensified a showdown between the Kremlin and Western powers.

As militants kept international monitors away from wreckage and scores of bodies festered for a fourth day on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the rebels to cooperate and insisted that a U.N.-mandated investigation must not leap to conclusions. Moscow denies involvement and has pointed a finger at Kiev’s military.

Jul 20, 2014

Ukraine, rebels argue over wreck; Europeans give Putin ‘last chance’

HRABOVE/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has accelerated a showdown between the Kremlin and Western powers.

As militants kept international monitors away from wreckage and scores of bodies festered for a third day, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the rebels to cooperate and insisted that a U.N.-mandated investigation must not leap to conclusions. Moscow denies involvement and has pointed a finger at Kiev’s military.