Train Carrying Remains Of MH17 Passengers Leaves Pro-Russian Territory

Many of the victims’ bodies are now in the city of Kharkiv, controlled by the Ukraine government.

1. Update – July 22, 7:57 a.m. ET

2. The train transporting many of the bodies of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash has arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, away from territory held by pro-Russian rebels.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

The train, believed to be carrying around 280 of the bodies, arrived in Kharkiv before moving on to a closed military area, reports CNN.

4. The bodies had been in a refrigerated train in an abandoned station in Torez since Sunday.

Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters

5. Ahead of the 17-hour journey, Ukrainian workers had to clear mud and weeds from the line to allow the train to pass along a long-disused stretch of track, according to the New York Times.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

The train was met by police forensic experts and representatives of countries that had citizens on the flight.

6. Pro-Russian rebels had been coming under increasing international pressure for their handling of the disaster.


Yesterday, the self proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai, handed MH17’s black box recorders to Malaysia.

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