Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Rebel leader in eastern Ukraine says black boxes of airliner not found

Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the pro-Russian separatist "Donetsk People's Republic" Alexander Borodai holds a press-conference in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the pro-Russian separatist "Donetsk People's Republic" Alexander Borodai holds a press-conference in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

DONETSK, Ukraine (REUTERS) - Separatist leader Aleksander Borodai said on Saturday that the black boxes belonging to the downed Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine had not been found.

"The black boxes have not been found and we are not touching the site," said Borodai, prime minister of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic.

He also told a news conference that there had been no talk of creating a security zone at the site.