Work has begun to remove the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 from rebel-held territory in east Ukraine, four months after it was shot down killing everyone aboard.
The fragments will be transported to the town of Kharkiv and then the Netherlands, which is leading the investigation. Most of the victims were Dutch nationals.
The recovery effort is expected to last up to ten days. The investigators have already managed to identify the remains of the 298 victims.
Though no cause has been established, Ukraine and Western countries accuse pro-Russian rebels of shooting down the plane with a Russian-made missile.
Russian state media broadcast a satellite image showing what they claimed was proof MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet.
Russia has released satellite images which it claims shows MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. pic.twitter.com/PnhAyi44Nq— Izhar Mustaqin (@izharmustaqin) November 16, 2014
The image, which was broadcast on Russian Channel One TV, was said to be from American whistleblower, George Bilt, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He claimed to be an air traffic controller with 20 years of experience.
Commentators described it as a crude fake. Twitter users suggested various problems with the ‘photoshopped’ image.
Also, the satellite map image put MH17 50km west of the crash site, oops pic.twitter.com/VxXnzUTUoR— Brown Moses (@Brown_Moses) November 14, 2014
Looks like in this new MH17 satellite "evidence" the position of the Malaysia airlines logo is in the wrong place pic.twitter.com/evNY20AMvA— Brown Moses (@Brown_Moses) November 14, 2014