“Forensic experts” and “other representatives” of countries whose citizens died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were on hand as a train carrying the bodies of “nearly all” of the victims arrived into the control of the Ukrainian government, the New York Times reports from the city of Kharkiv:
Pushed by a diesel locomotive, five gray refrigerated wagons and a red passenger car crawled into the grounds of a decrepit Soviet-era tank factory shortly after noon, completing the first and most difficult stage of a long journey home for victims of the crash.
Ukrainian workers had to clear the track of mud and weeds to allow the train to pass along a long-disused stretch of rail leading to the Malyshev Factory, built to manufacture the Soviet T-34 tank and other military equipment.
There are believed to be at least 282 bodies on the train; most outlets are reporting that 298 individuals died in the crash. The remains are expected to be flown to the Netherlands.