Rebels release train with MH17 bodies, hand over black box

Pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane and have handed back the black boxes today, bowing to heavy international pressure four days after the jet plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that evidence at the crash site was mishandled, anger in Western capitals has mounted at the rebels and their allies in Moscow.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have handed over two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet to Malaysian officials.

They also announced at a press conference a ceasefire within a 10km radius around the crash site to allow international investigators to safely access the vast area where the Malaysia Airlines flight was downed.

Their reluctant cooperation will soothe mourning families and help investigators, but may do little to reconcile the East-West powers struggling over Ukraine's future.

Russia's Defense Ministry said it saw no evidence a missile was fired and denied involvement in the downing of Flight 17 - and suggested the Ukrainian military was at fault.

More on this at NZ Herald

A satellite image shows the primary crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
A satellite image shows the primary crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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