Rebels turn over MH17 black boxes

TOREZ, Ukraine — Under mounting world pressure, pro-Russian rebels handed over data-filled black boxes from the Boeing 777 downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian officials Monday as victims' bodies began a grim journey back to Amsterdam.

A senior separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, gave the data recorders recovered from the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 to a delegation from Malaysia in the city of Donetsk in the early hours of Tuesday.

"Here they are, the black boxes," Borodai said at the headquarters of his self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Reuters reported.

Col. Mohamed Sakri of the Malaysian National Security Council told the meeting the two black boxes were "in good condition."

The data recorders were sought by investigators for clues to what happened to Thursday's flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that ended in fields controlled by pro-Russian separatists. All 298 people aboard were killed.

The resolution calls for a halt to all military activities around the site and for Russian-backed separatists to allow international investigators complete access to the crash site.With Russian support, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Monday for an international investigation into the downing of the flight.

The U.N. action came after four refrigerated rail cars carrying the bodies of 282 of the 298 victims left for the city of Kharkiv, controlled by the Ukrainian national government, en route to Amsterdam. Earlier Monday, Dutch investigators were allowed to inspect the remains.


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