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DONETSK, Ukraine, July 22 A senior separatist
leader, Aleksander Borodai, handed over two black boxes from an
airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts in the
city of Donetsk in the early hours of Tuesday.
"Here they are, the black boxes," Borodai told a room packed
with journalists at the headquarters of his self-proclaimed
Donetsk People's Republic as an armed rebel placed the boxes on
Both sides then signed a document, which Borodai said was a
protocol to finalise the procedure after lengthy talks with the
"I can see that the black boxes are intact, although a bit
damaged. In good condition," Colonel Mohamed Sakri of Malaysian
National Security Council said in extending his thanks to "His
Excellency Mr.Borodai" for passing on the recorders.
Borodai also said a train carrying the remains of the
victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane catastrophe has reached
Donetsk. It is on its way to Kharkiv, some 300 km (186 miles)
The Malaysian experts and a Dutch delegation also on site
in Donetsk will travel along with it, he said.
(Reporting by Peter Graff, writing by Gabriela Baczynska,
editing by Grant McCool)