A week after Malaysian flight 17 was shot down from the skies over eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 24 was marked as day two in the return of remains of the victims to their loved ones, as more coffins joined those delivered on Wednesday. CNN's Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin reported Thursday that 75 forensics examiners arrived at the forensics lab on the Dutch military base where remains in 74 coffins from Ukraine also arrived to begin the process of returning them to their families. The job for the forensics experts is to attempt to identify these remains while continuing their “dignity, returning these remains back to the people who love them,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta told Baldwin.
Their recovery and transport hampered by pro-Russian separatists, also known as Donetsk People's Republic, families and loved ones of the 298 passengers and crew of the tragically destroyed airliner were forced to await arrival of bodies which had lain exposed and scattered over a 10-mile radius, some even in trees, for nearly five days. Finally, on Monday, July 21, separatists allowed the first of 281 body bags to be loaded aboard a Ukrainian-provided refrigerated railway train bound for the Netherlands, more than five days after the plane was tragically shot down. Still missing, 17 bodies. The separatists, suspected to be backed by Russia, have been blamed for shooting the commercial flight out the air and have also been blamed for holding off international investigators, preventing free access to the crash site.
Later on Thursday, July 24, reports of an estimated 50,000 Russian troops on the Russian border with eastern Ukraine and continuing warfare between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian Army restricted the international investigation into the cause of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, continues to deny Russia supplied the militants with the surface-to-air BUK missile system that fired the rocket suspected of downing the plane, U.S. intelligence has discovered evidence that not only is Russia providing more lethal weapons to the rebels, those Russian troops on the border may be firing into Ukraine, as well.
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