MH17 crash: Victims’ bodies leave rebel area
A train carrying the remains of victims of the Malaysian airliner which crashed in Ukraine has arrived in the city of Kharkiv, outside rebel territory, the BBC reports.
The transfer of bodies from flight MH17 follows international pressure on pro-Russia rebels, amid accusations that the aircraft was shot down.
Meanwhile, international monitors say parts of the wreckage have been changed since they first saw it.
The Boeing 777 crashed last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.
The Malaysia Airlines flight came down in rebel-held territory near the eastern village of Grabove.
Most of those who died were Dutch and the remains will be flown from a co-ordination centre in Kharkiv to the Netherlands for identification and forensic examination.
Five refrigerated freight wagons carrying remains and a passenger carriage marked “Donbass-Moscow” arrived at Kharkiv-Balashovsky train station and are due to be taken to the Malyshev tank factory, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.
There, the bodies will be loaded into refrigeration units supplied by the Dutch, the agency says.
The Ukrainian government has said it will do “its best” to send the remains to the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Countries directly affected by the disaster, such as the Netherlands, Australia, and the United Kingdom, have been concerned that the crash site was not properly sealed off with the risk that valuable evidence could go missing.
A spokesman for the OSCE monitors at the site, Michael Bociurkiw, told the BBC that major pieces of the plane had been cut into and that large parts now looked different from before.
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