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3. Victims' bodies to be transferred to Netherlands

The remains of victims from the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in eastern Ukraine are being sent to the Netherlands.

The bodies arrived in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday by train from an area controlled by pro-Russian militants.

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister, Volodymyr Hroisman, told reporters that about 50 bodies will be flown to the Netherlands from Kharkiv on Wednesday.

He said the Ukrainian government has approved plans for the Netherlands to lead the international investigation into the cause of the accident.

The Ukrainian government and forensic experts from other countries will continue to check the rest of the remains in Kharkiv before sending them to the Netherlands for autopsy and identification. They will continue the procedure until Friday.

The Ukrainian government concluded its search at the crash site and confirmed the death of all 298 people on board the jet.

Also on Tuesday, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said British air accident investigators have agreed to a Dutch request to retrieve data from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder of the downed jet.

British officials have not said when the devices will arrive in the country.
A government spokesperson said the retrieved data will be sent to Dutch authorities without releasing their contents.

British media are reporting that Britain and France are the only countries in Europe that have facilities that can replay cockpit voice recorders.