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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukraine rebels say they have objects 'resembling' black boxes

Published on Jul 20, 2014 8:51 PM
 
A rescue worker walks across a field carrying a flight data recorder at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Hrabove July 18, 2014 in this still image taken from video. Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine said Sunday, July 20, 2014 they had recovered objects which appear to be the black boxes of downed Malaysian airliner MH17 and are willing to hand them over to international investigators. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine said Sunday they had recovered objects which appear to be the black boxes of downed Malaysian airliner MH17 and are willing to hand them over to international investigators.

"Jet parts resembling the black boxes were discovered at the crash site," said Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, adding that they would be handed over to "international experts if they arrive".

Borodai also said bodies which have been removed from the crash site will be kept in refrigerated carriages on a train near the scene "until the experts arrive".

The rebel said his teams had taken the corpses away from the crash site "out of respect for the families" and because "it is becoming inhumane in these conditions".

"We couldn't wait any longer because of the heat and also because there are many dogs and wild animals in the zone, he added.

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