Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Malaysia Receives #MH17 Black Boxes From Ukrainian Rebels

DONETSK: Malaysian officials have received the two MH17 black boxes from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on Tuesday in Ukraine.

At 6.11am, DPR showed up at their government headquarters here, leading with them were the Malaysian government representatives.

Speaking to the press, DPR leader Alexander Borodai thanked Malaysia and the Netherlands for sending teams here on Monday to resolve the MH17 matter.

"(Our) thanks to Malaysia and Holland to come here without protection or help from Kiev (the Ukrainian government)," he said, according to a rough translation by a local.

A handover ceremony then took place between the DPR and Malaysian officials.

Both parties were seen signing various documents.

The DPR then produced a white sack containing the black boxes and showed them to the Malaysian officials.

The boxes were then inspected and later accepted by Malaysian officials.

A man who introduced himself as Kol Mohd Shukri of the National Security Council thanked Borodai for handing the boxes back to Malaysia.

"I would like to convey our sincere appreciation to Borodai for giving us the opportunity and entertain our special request to him for handing over the two black box to Malaysia as this is a property of Malaysia," he said.

He added that teams from Malaysia would also be sent to the crash site although he did not say when this would be.

On Monday Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak reached an agreement with Ukrainian rebels for custody of the black boxes and access to the Malaysia airlines flight MH17 crash site.

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