Malaysia Prime Minister says his country will take custody of MH17′s black boxes

BY Colleen Shalby  July 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM EDT

In a statement released Monday, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said that a Malaysian team in Donetsk will take custody of two black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed over eastern Ukraine Thursday.

In the statement he outlined the agreement he and Alexander Borodai — the self-declared Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic — came to regarding the crash that killed all 298 passengers and crew.

Razak said the bodies of the victims will travel by train to Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, with six members from Malaysia’s recovery team. Once in Kharkiv, the remains will be given to representatives from the Netherlands, where they’ll be flown to Amsterdam.

A Malaysian team in Donetsk will take custody of the plane’s two black boxes, and a group of independent international investigators will be granted access to the crash site in order to begin a full investigation.

“There is work still to be done,” said Razak, “Work which relies on continued communication in good faith.”