After a tense -- and for the families, heartbreaking -- delay, the bodies of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash victims are being moved to the Netherlands, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.
Reuters reported Rutte said the black boxes from the plane had also been handed over to Malaysian officials who will be investigating the crash. Around 200 body bags were on the train, which departed the crash site Monday for Kharkiv, Ukraine. From there they were to be flown to Netherlands where the bodies will be identified.
Separatists reached an agreement with the Malaysian prime minister to have the bodies given to authorities in Netherlands. The majority of the crash victims came from the area.
Separatist militia had prevented access to the site since the plane carrying 298 passengers and crew went down Thursday and only began loading bodies onto refrigerated train cars Sunday. The delay sparked international outrage as pictures of separatists rifling victims' personal belongings circulated on the Internet amid allegations evidence was being destroyed.
This agreement was followed by separatist leader Alexander Borodai giving the black boxes to Malaysian experts. The exchange was made in Donetsk. The boxes were in good condition, said Col. Mohamed Sakri of the Malaysian National Security Council.
The U.N. Security Council Monday unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a full international investigation into the crash of Flight MH17. The resolution also demanded investigators receive full access to the crash site, which is currently in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.