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The bodies of nearly 300 passengers and crew aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine are being turned over to Dutch authorities, while the black boxes from Flight 17 will be handed over to Malaysian authorities, pro-Russian separatists said Monday.


The announcement came amid increasing criticism of the separatists' handling of the crash site in eastern Ukraine, and charges that Moscow was helping ethnic Russian insurgents orchestrate a cover-up.


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters Monday the leader of the pro-Russian rebels has agreed to hand over both of the jetliner’s black boxes to Malaysian investigators in Ukraine.


Najib also said that the remains of 282 of the crash victims currently in the rebel-held eastern town of Torez are being moved by train to Kharkiv in Ukraine, where they will be handed over to Dutch authorities. The remains are then expected to be flown to Amsterdam.


Najib also said that as part of an agreement he reached with rebel leader Alexander Borodai Monday night, independent international investigators will be given "safe access" to the crash site.


Earlier Monday, international leaders said the probe into the downing of the Boeing 777 had turned “shambolic,” and an intercepted communication appeared to capture Moscow directing Russian separatists in Ukraine to keep evidence out of the hands of objective investigators.



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Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

Suddenly, an act of terrorism becomes an act of interstate war, directed with subterfuge and deniability, with the goal of dismembering the Ukrainian state.

By Tom Nichols JULY 21, 2014

The one emotion most of us who study Russia never associate with the men of the Kremlin is panic. They’re not the type. They’re more like mobsters, prone to say “we have a problem” rather than to freak out. They think everything has a solution, although sometimes that solution might mean someone has to take nine grams of lead behind the ear. They do not raise their voices—my experience is that most Russian tough-guys are mumblers, not yellers—and they get things done, even if the final outcome might lack a certain, say, elegance.


That’s why it’s unusual to see the government of Vladimir Putin, and maybe even Putin himself, panicking over the downing of Malaysian Airline Flight 17. For the first time in a long time, maybe even since Putin’s first election to power Scissors-32x32.png


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