A train carried the remains of most victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from the crash site in rebel-controlled territory to a government-controlled city Tuesday — getting the bodies one step closer to their grieving families around the world.
The train traveled from the crash site in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine and arrived at a rail station in Kharkiv and were taken to a closed military area, where the 282 bodies will be put in coffins flown in from the Netherlands.
The bodies will eventually be taken to the Netherlands, where most of the passengers were from.
But a litany of obstacles remain — not just in handling the remains, but in figuring out how and why MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.
Five days after the the plane carrying 298 people plunged from the sky, here’s the latest:
The Ukrainian government has said 87 “body fragments” had been recovered from the sprawling crash site, but it’s unclear who they may have belonged to.
The grisly scene was marred by reports that pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels, who control the area, had looted personal items from the scene and prevented international investigators from entering.
Poroshenko said “the rebels’ conduct was barbaric”.