Pro-Russian Separatists Hand Over The MH17 Black Boxes To Malaysia

The black boxes from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are now in the hands of a Malaysia government delegation.

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Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai, kept his word and handed over the MH17 black boxes to members of the Malaysia government early Tuesday morning in East Ukraine.

During the presentation of the black boxes — which had been delayed for nearly three hours — Borodai reiterated his claim that the Ukrainian government, not the rebel group, is responsible for the downing of MH17.

Borodai denies again that rebels shot down #MH17. "The Ukrainians had the technical capabilities and the motives to do it."

max seddon@maxseddon

Borodai denies again that rebels shot down #MH17. "The Ukrainians had the technical capabilities and the motives to do it."

6:01 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Borodai says Kiev isn't interested in an objective #MH17 investigation and tried to scare the foreign experts off.

max seddon@maxseddon

Borodai says Kiev isn't interested in an objective #MH17 investigation and tried to scare the foreign experts off.

6:02 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It was a direct appeal to the separatist leader from Malaysia's prime minister that convinced him to hand over the flight recorders.

Borodai says Malaysia PM Razak called him today and convinced him to hand over #MH17 black boxes.

max seddon@maxseddon

Borodai says Malaysia PM Razak called him today and convinced him to hand over #MH17 black boxes.

6:09 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The separatists also appear to be transferring the remains of the MH17 victims as agreed upon in the deal brokered by the Malaysian PM.

Borodai says #MH17 victims train with 282 bodies and 67 sets of remains is in Donetsk awaiting transfer to Kharkov. Experts accompanying it.

max seddon@maxseddon

Borodai says #MH17 victims train with 282 bodies and 67 sets of remains is in Donetsk awaiting transfer to Kharkov. Experts accompanying it.

6:05 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Borodai clearly believed this exchange to be an official, diplomatic recognition of this breakaway region of Ukraine, saying at the press conference, "Today was a quite important day in the history of the Donetsk People's Republic."

Malaysian expert and Donetsk Republic prosecutor sign memorandum on transferring the #MH17 black boxes.

max seddon@maxseddon

Malaysian expert and Donetsk Republic prosecutor sign memorandum on transferring the #MH17 black boxes.

6:12 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Malaysian "would like to convey our sincere appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Borodai for obeying our request."

max seddon@maxseddon

Malaysian "would like to convey our sincere appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Borodai for obeying our request."

6:19 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Black boxes #MH17 kini bersama delegasi Malaysia. Hope there will be clues to lead us for the truth of this tragedy.

Khairil Anuar@KhairilAnuar

Black boxes #MH17 kini bersama delegasi Malaysia. Hope there will be clues to lead us for the truth of this tragedy.

6:32 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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