Trains containing the bodies of people killed when a Malaysian airliner was shot down have left the station in Ukraine where they were being held. The remains of 282 victims from the crash site were in refrigerated wagons on trains seen leaving Torez, in eastern Ukraine.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said they will be taken to the city of Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to Dutch officials before being flown to the Netherlands in a Hercules military transport plane. He said he had spoken directly to rebel leader Alexander Borodai, the self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, who he said was “in command of the region where the tragedy occurred”.
Mr Razak said Mr Borodai had told him the two black boxes flight recorders from the plane would be handed over to a Malaysian team in Donetsk. It comes after Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, said pro-Russian rebels had tampered with the black box devices. Mr Groysman told a news conference: “There is information that the recorders were in their hands all these days and they did certain things to them.” Asked whether he thought the rebels had tampered with the recorders, Mr Groysman concurred.