Pro-Russian Separatists Hand over Black Boxes from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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July 21, 2014

MH17 Black BoxPro-Russian separatists have handed over the black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The Malaysian airliner was presumably shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired by the rebels. In a press conference held late Monday night in a government building in Donetsk, Russian separatist leader Alexander Borodai handed over the black boxes to a delegation of Malaysian officials. The press conference was held roughly 12 hours after negotiations began to facilitate the turnover. The black boxes will now be transported from Ukraine to a lab in southern England under the supervision of the Air Accidents Investigations Branch.

Of the 298 victims, 282 bodies were transported by refrigerated train to Donetsk on Monday night. According to the Guardian, the train will eventually travel to Ukrainian government-controlled Kharkiv. Many expressed outrage that it took days to remove the victims from the crash site, despite ongoing military conflict in the area. "After the crime comes the cover up," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. "What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale, and obviously that has to stop."

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