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Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug, center back to the camera, speaks to a member of Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team on the platform as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers departs the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug, center back to the camera, speaks to a member of Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team on the platform as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers departs the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: Alexander Hug (R), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: Alexander Hug (R), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug, left, watches as the train car is locked, on the platform as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers prepares to depart the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug, left, watches as the train car is locked, on the platform as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers prepares to depart the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: The bodies of victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are loaded into a refrigerated train car on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: The bodies of victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are loaded into a refrigerated train car on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: The bodies of victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive at the Torez train station in the back of a truck to be loaded into a refrigerated train car on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: The bodies of victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive at the Torez train station in the back of a truck to be loaded into a refrigerated train car on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: Alexander Hug (C), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

TOREZ, UKRAINE - JULY 21: Alexander Hug (C), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug, center back to the camera, speaks to a member of Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team on the platform as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers departs the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies has left a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families.

In an emotional inspection hours earlier, Dutch experts called for a full forensic sweep of the Flight 17 crash site and told the armed separatists controlling the area that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible.

Four days after someone shot the Boeing 777 out of the sky, killing 298 people, pressure was growing on Russian president Vladimir Putin to rein in the insurgents and allow a full-scale investigation into the downing of the plane.

The US, Ukraine and others say Moscow has armed the rebels, a charge Russia denies.

In Washington, president Barack Obama demanded that international investigators get full access to the crash site and accused the separatists of removing evidence and blocking investigators.

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" Mr Obama asked, a day after the US presented what it called "powerful" evidence that the rebels shot down the plane with a Russian surface-to-air missile.

UN resolution

At the UN in New York, the Security Council has passed an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the crash site and a ceasefire around the area.

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in Ukraine.

It came after Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said his nation backed the resolution, effectively assuring it would pass.

Diplomats had pressured a reluctant Moscow to approve the Australia-proposed resolution that demands international access to the crash site and a ceasefire around the area.

Fighting

Fighting flared again between the separatists and government troops in the eastern rebel-held city of Donetsk, 30 miles to the west of the crash site. City authorities said battles took place near the town's airport.

After the train with the bodies left the town of Torez, two military jets flew overhead and black smoke was seen rising in the distance.

Fighting began in mid-April in eastern Ukraine after Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Crimean peninsula a month earlier.

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A pro-Russian fighter holds up a toy found among the debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A pro-Russian fighter holds up a toy found among the debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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People arrange candles to offer prayers for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17,  at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, sending shockwaves around the world from Malaysia to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

People arrange candles to offer prayers for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, sending shockwaves around the world from Malaysia to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

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In this October 2008 photo provided by AMC Amsterdam on Friday, July 18, 2014, former president of the International AIDS Society Joep Lange is seen. A large number of world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials said Friday, as news of their deaths sparked an outpouring of grief across the global scientific community.  Among them was Joep Lange, a well-known researcher from the Netherlands (AP Photo/Peter Lowie/AMC)

In this October 2008 photo provided by AMC Amsterdam on Friday, July 18, 2014, former president of the International AIDS Society Joep Lange is seen. A large number of world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials said Friday, as news of their deaths sparked an outpouring of grief across the global scientific community. Among them was Joep Lange, a well-known researcher from the Netherlands (AP Photo/Peter Lowie/AMC)

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In this undated photo provided by Amsterdam student rowing club Skoll on Saturday, July 19, 2014, Karlijn Keijzer, left, a 25-year-old Dutch graduate student at Indiana University, and her boyfriend Laurens van der Graaff, right, are seen. Keijzer and van der Graaff were among those killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was carrying 298 people from 13 nations when it was shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine close to the Russian border, an area that has seen months of clashes between government troops and pro-Russia separatists. (AP Photo/Amsterdam student rowing club Skoll)

In this undated photo provided by Amsterdam student rowing club Skoll on Saturday, July 19, 2014, Karlijn Keijzer, left, a 25-year-old Dutch graduate student at Indiana University, and her boyfriend Laurens van der Graaff, right, are seen. Keijzer and van der Graaff were among those killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was carrying 298 people from 13 nations when it was shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine close to the Russian border, an area that has seen months of clashes between government troops and pro-Russia separatists. (AP Photo/Amsterdam student rowing club Skoll)

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This undated photo provided by Indiana University on Friday, July 18, 2014 shows Karlijn Keijzer. The university says the 25-year-old graduate student from the Netherlands is among those killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine Thursday, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. She was on summer vacation at the time of the crash. (AP Photo/Indiana University)

This undated photo provided by Indiana University on Friday, July 18, 2014 shows Karlijn Keijzer. The university says the 25-year-old graduate student from the Netherlands is among those killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine Thursday, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. She was on summer vacation at the time of the crash. (AP Photo/Indiana University)

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Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission, looks at debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014. Representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and four Ukrainian experts had traveled into rebel-controlled areas to begin an investigation into the attack that killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations.  The militia allowed them to look at part of the crash site, but refused to let them view the area where the engines came down. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission, looks at debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014. Representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and four Ukrainian experts had traveled into rebel-controlled areas to begin an investigation into the attack that killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations. The militia allowed them to look at part of the crash site, but refused to let them view the area where the engines came down. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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A Pro-Russian fighter stands guard at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A Pro-Russian fighter stands guard at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Widi Yuwono, the brother of Yuli Hastini, rear, holds a photograph of his sister's family, showing Hastini, right, her Dutch husband John Paulissen, left, and their two children, Arjun and Sri, who were on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Friday, July 18, 2014, at his residence in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. The Malaysian jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo)

Widi Yuwono, the brother of Yuli Hastini, rear, holds a photograph of his sister's family, showing Hastini, right, her Dutch husband John Paulissen, left, and their two children, Arjun and Sri, who were on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Friday, July 18, 2014, at his residence in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. The Malaysian jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo)

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This is an undated photo provided by PharmAccess Group, of  the head of communications at Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Jacqueline van Tongeren.  Researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community. (AP Photo/PharmAccess, Maaike Danz)

This is an undated photo provided by PharmAccess Group, of the head of communications at Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Jacqueline van Tongeren. Researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community. (AP Photo/PharmAccess, Maaike Danz)

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Undated family handout photo of Robert Ayley with his wife Sharlene, Robert died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

Undated family handout photo of Robert Ayley with his wife Sharlene, Robert died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

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Undated family handout photo of Liam Sweeney (right) on holiday in Benidorm three years ago with his dad Barry. Liam who died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

Undated family handout photo of Liam Sweeney (right) on holiday in Benidorm three years ago with his dad Barry. Liam who died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

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Undated handout photo issued by the World Health Organization of Glenn Thomas who died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

Undated handout photo issued by the World Health Organization of Glenn Thomas who died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

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Undated handout photo issued of John Alder who died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

Undated handout photo issued of John Alder who died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

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KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 19:  People place flowers, candles and other tributes in front of the Netherlands Embassy in memory of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 19: People place flowers, candles and other tributes in front of the Netherlands Embassy in memory of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18:  U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions after delivering a statement on the Malaysia Airlines crash over eastern Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House July 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was allegedly shot down July 17 on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions after delivering a statement on the Malaysia Airlines crash over eastern Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House July 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was allegedly shot down July 17 on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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A piece of a plane with the sign 'Malaysia Airlines' lies in the grass as a group of Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysian passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A piece of a plane with the sign 'Malaysia Airlines' lies in the grass as a group of Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysian passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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This image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, shows a guidebook found in the wreckage of a passenger plane after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Channel 1)

This image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, shows a guidebook found in the wreckage of a passenger plane after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Channel 1)

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A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Ukrainian coal miners wade through a field of sunflowers as they search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Ukrainian coal miners wade through a field of sunflowers as they search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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A watch and a part of bracelet lie on a plastic cover at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A watch and a part of bracelet lie on a plastic cover at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Relatives of passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 react as they arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo)

Relatives of passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 react as they arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo)

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This image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, shows a suitcase found in the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Channel 1)

This image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, shows a suitcase found in the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Channel 1)

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A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of  Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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In this photo taken on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after a moment of silence mourning the victims killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash on Thursday, July 17, in Donetsk region of Ukraine prior a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

In this photo taken on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after a moment of silence mourning the victims killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash on Thursday, July 17, in Donetsk region of Ukraine prior a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

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Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, center, speaks during a press conference about a crashed Malaysian passenger plane at a hotel next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, center, speaks during a press conference about a crashed Malaysian passenger plane at a hotel next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

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Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 18:  A member of the public takes a picture of the arrival board as it displays the MH17 flight information on July 18, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Air Malaysia flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk. The Boeing 777 was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 18: A member of the public takes a picture of the arrival board as it displays the MH17 flight information on July 18, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Air Malaysia flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk. The Boeing 777 was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)

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Donetsk People's Republic fighters fill their tank with fuel at a gas station in Snizhne, 100 kilometers east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Donetsk People's Republic fighters fill their tank with fuel at a gas station in Snizhne, 100 kilometers east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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A man gestures at a crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A man gestures at a crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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The main entrance of Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

The main entrance of Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

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Fire engines arrive at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, as the sun sets Thursday, July 17, 2014.  Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Fire engines arrive at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, as the sun sets Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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A relative of passengers on flight MH17 wipes his eyes as he waits in a bus to be transported to an unknown location to receive more information, at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

A relative of passengers on flight MH17 wipes his eyes as he waits in a bus to be transported to an unknown location to receive more information, at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

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People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing flames rising from part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo / Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing flames rising from part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo / Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

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People hold candles and place flower tribute outside the Dutch embassy to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014.  A Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, and both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels blamed one another for the attack.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

People hold candles and place flower tribute outside the Dutch embassy to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, and both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels blamed one another for the attack.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

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FILE - This Wednesday, June 30, 2010, file photo shows the Buk M2 missile system at a military show at the international forum "Technologies in machine building 2010" in Zhukovsky, Russia, outside Moscow. There are several models of Buk Missile Systems used by multiple countries, including both the Russian and Ukrainian government military. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said Thursday, July 17, 2014, on his Facebook page that a Malaysia Airlines plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit by a missile from a Buk launcher, which can fire up to an altitude of 22,000 meters (72,000 feet).  (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

FILE - This Wednesday, June 30, 2010, file photo shows the Buk M2 missile system at a military show at the international forum "Technologies in machine building 2010" in Zhukovsky, Russia, outside Moscow. There are several models of Buk Missile Systems used by multiple countries, including both the Russian and Ukrainian government military. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said Thursday, July 17, 2014, on his Facebook page that a Malaysia Airlines plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit by a missile from a Buk launcher, which can fire up to an altitude of 22,000 meters (72,000 feet). (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

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This image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, shows a suitcase found in the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

This image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, shows a suitcase found in the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

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A relative of passengers on flight MH17 cries as he waits in a bus to be transported to an unknown location to receive more information, at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

A relative of passengers on flight MH17 cries as he waits in a bus to be transported to an unknown location to receive more information, at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

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In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014,  people walk amongst the debris at the crash site after a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo / Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, people walk amongst the debris at the crash site after a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo / Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

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In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014,  showing part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo / Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo / Channel 1) RUSSIA OUT - TV OUT

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Ukrainian rescuers walk past debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Ukrainian rescuers walk past debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Horror: people inspect crash site of the passenger plane

Horror: people inspect crash site of the passenger plane

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Debris at the crash site near the village of Grabovo (AP)

Debris at the crash site near the village of Grabovo (AP)

People hold candles and lay flowers outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev to commemorate victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash (AP)

People hold candles and lay flowers outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev to commemorate victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash (AP)

A woman reacts to news of tragedy

A woman reacts to news of tragedy

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Malaysia Airlines 9M-MRD taking off from Schiphol, believed to be Flight MH17, photographed by Tom Warners of @SchipholSpot

Malaysia Airlines 9M-MRD taking off from Schiphol, believed to be Flight MH17, photographed by Tom Warners of @SchipholSpot

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In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 takes off from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.  The plane, with the tail number 9M-MRD, is the same aircraft that was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, July 17, 2014 when it was shot down near the Ukraine Russia border, according to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister. (AP Photo/JoePriesAviation.net)

In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 takes off from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. The plane, with the tail number 9M-MRD, is the same aircraft that was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, July 17, 2014 when it was shot down near the Ukraine Russia border, according to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister. (AP Photo/JoePriesAviation.net)

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Donetsk People's Republic fighters fill their tank with fuel at a gas station in Snizhne, 100 kilometers east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Donetsk People's Republic fighters fill their tank with fuel at a gas station in Snizhne, 100 kilometers east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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A pro-Russian fighter holds up a toy found among the debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

There is great concern in the Netherlands about the bodies, since 192 of the plane's 298 victims were Dutch and another was Dutch-American. Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said repatriating the bodies is his "number one priority".

A reporter saw the train with the bodies leaving Torez, a rebel-held town nine miles from the crash site, and overheard rebels saying it was heading for the rebel-held town of Ilovaysk. The Ukrainian government later said the train was eventually heading to a crisis centre in the government-controlled eastern city of Kharkiv.

282 bodies recovered

In farm fields near the eastern village of Hrabove, Peter van Vliet, leader of the Dutch National Forensic Investigations team in Ukraine, said seeing the crash site gave him goosebumps despite the heat. Workers recovered more bodies from the site today, bringing the total to 282, according to Volodymyr Groisman, Ukraine's deputy prime minister.

The Dutch team - which specialises in victim recovery and identification - saw some victims' remains still rotting in the fields of the crash site. They also inspected piles of passenger luggage, suggesting that they be put in a container and shipped out.

At Torez train station, the Dutch investigators stood for a moment with their heads bowed and their hands clasped before climbing aboard to inspect the train cars, surrounded by armed rebels.

Journalists said the smell of decay was overwhelming at the station and many with the inspectors wore masks or pressed cloths to their faces on the sunny, 29C day. A Ukrainian train engineer said a power outage had hit the railway carriages' refrigeration system for several hours overnight.

In Kharkiv, another team of international experts arrived, including 23 Dutch, three Australians, two Germans, two Americans and one from the UK.

Cover-up

The US evidence that the rebels were involved in downing the plan included video of a rocket launcher with one surface-to-air missile missing leaving the likely launch site; imagery showing the firing; phone calls claiming credit for the missile strike; and phone recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

"A build-up of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said US secretary of state John Kerry. "Russia is supporting these separatists. Russia is arming these separatists. Russia is training these separatists."

Mr Putin lashed out against the criticism, accusing others of exploiting the downing of the plane for "mercenary objectives".

He said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a UN agency, to investigate the scene. He again criticised Ukrainian authorities in Kiev, saying they had reignited the fighting with rebels after a unilateral ceasefire expired without progress on peace talks.

The head of counterintelligence for Ukraine's SBU security service, Vitaliy Najda, has said the Buk missile launchers came from Russia and called on Moscow to supply the names of the service personnel "who brought about the launch of the missile" so they could be questioned. He said the rebels could not have operated the sophisticated weapon without Russian help but did not provide specific evidence for his claim.

In Moscow, Russian officials offered evidence to counter claims that the rebels were responsible for shooting down the jet. The Defence Ministry showed photos they said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area before the crash - nine times alone on Thursday, the day the plane was brought down.

Russian officials also said they had evidence that a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet had flown "between 3 to 5 kilometers" from the Malaysia Airlines jet.

Rebels to give up black boxes

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says that the leader of the pro-Russian rebels has agreed to hand over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators who are in Ukraine.

Mr Najib also said that the remains of 282 of the crash victims currently in Torez are being moved by train to Kharkiv in Ukraine, where they will be handed over to Dutch authorities.

The remains will then be flown to Amsterdam.

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

In a hastily arranged news conference at his residence, Mr Najib said that following any necessary forensic work, the remains of the 43 Malaysian citizens who were on the plane would be flown to their home country.

"I must stress that although an agreement has been reached, there remain a number of steps required before it is completed," Mr Najib said. "There is work still to be done, work which relies on continued communication in good faith. Mr Borodai and his people have so far given their co-operation."

Anger and resentment toward the Russian-backed rebels and Moscow have been escalating worldwide, including in Malaysia, where there have been calls for economic sanctions against Moscow.

Mr Najib said yesterday that the remains of the Malaysian victims must be returned to Malaysia before the Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. This year, it falls on the 28th.

Belfast Telegraph