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Pro-Russian rebels say they will give MH17 black boxes to authorities

Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Borodai on Sunday said pro-Russian rebels will hand over the black boxes from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

GRABOVE: A Ukrainian separatist leader on Sunday said pro-Russian rebels will hand over the black boxes from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

According to Associated Press, Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said the rebels had recovered the data recorders.

A pro-Russian rebel earlier on Sunday tweeted that the data recorders had been brought to rebel stronghold Donetsk in east Ukraine.

Kiev has accused militia fighters of refusing to hand over the black boxes and moving victims' bodies to a morgue in the insurgent-controlled city of Donetsk.

Borodai earlier told reporters that rebels had never recovered the data recorders and denied tampering with any evidence.

AFP reported on Sunday that scores of bodies recovered from the crash site had been removed, and pro-Russian rebels had left the scene.

According to Associated Press, a Ukrainian emergency spokeswoman said rebels had forced emergency workers to hand over 196 bodies recovered from the crash site and did not tell them where the bodies were going.

Borodai later said on Sunday the bodies would remain in refrigerated containers at a train station in Torez until an international aviation delegation arrives.

MH17 was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it crashed in east Ukraine after being reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board are believed to have been killed.

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