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Salvage begins at MH17 crash site in east Ukraine

Salvage begins at MH17 crash site in east Ukraine
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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.

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.