Two transport planes carrying bodies recovered from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have arrived at Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands.
A total of 114 coffins have now been brought to a military base in the country where forensic experts have the task of identifying the bodies, a process which could take months to complete.
In the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, where the victims remains are being held before being flown home, a memorial service was held for the victims of the plane crash last week.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands formally took over the investigation from Ukraine after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution condemning the downing of the plane.
In Ukraine, the head of the Dutch police mission was angry that access to the crash site to look for more victims had been made difficult for them by armed separtists.
The Head of the Dutch police mission in Ukraine, Jan Tuinder said, “there are still some lunatics taking actions that is making it hard for us to get to the bodies, to get to the remains. You call them terrorists, to me they’re criminals. It’s very nearly the same.”
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has said no there has been incidents at the crash site. They were joined by experts from Malaysia and Australia.
Meanwhile, aviation investigators have successfully extracted data from the aircraft’s black boxes.
The United States has said it believes the airplane was hit by a surface-to-air missile fired by pro-Russian rebels most likely by mistake.
A memorial service for the 298 people on board flight MH17 killed last week was held at the crash site.