Pro-Russian rebels finally hand over passengers’ bodies, black boxes

Better late than never, I guess. Via the Washington Post.

After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for investigators to the crash site.

The developments offered some hope that an international investigation might clarify how the civilian jet carrying 298 passengers and crew members was shot down Thursday in territory held by the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Experts warned, however, that the site had been compromised.

The breakthroughs came after days of international outrage over scenes of bodies decaying in meadows under a hot sun. The U.N. Security Council and world leaders had demanded that the rebels allow professional investigators unfettered access to the site.

I’m sure the crime scene is completely … uncompromised.



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