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Rebels Find Black Boxes, Remove Bodies from Crash Site

(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine says rebels have recovered the black boxes for the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Alexander Borodai said Sunday that the devices would be handed over to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

He also said the bodies recovered from the crash site in eastern Ukraine would remain in refrigerated containers at a train station in the town of Torez until the arrival of an international aviation delegation.

Russian news agencies said the bodies were heading to the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Ukrainian officials say they expect to have the bodies eventually delivered to government-held city of Kharkiv, but it’s unclear if the rebels will agree to do so.

The plane was shot down Thursday over disputed territory, killing 298 passengers and crew.


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