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Meanwhile, United Nations Human Rights
Chief Navi Pillay said the downing of the jetliner in eastern Ukraine may
constitute a “war crime,” and international police abandoned a second attempt
to visit the crash site north of the city of Torez amid ongoing fighting between
government forces and Russian-backed rebels.

The plane’s recorders, commonly known as ‘black boxes’, have been sent to experts in the United Kingdom to be examined,
and further information extracted from them is expected to be released soon.

All 298 people on board the Boeing 777-200
jet that was on route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam were killed when it was
purportedly shot out of the sky by an advanced surface-to-air rocket. Ukraine
and the West believe it was downed by a Buk missile system smuggled across the
border from Russia and operated by Kremlin-backed fighters in war-torn Donetsk
Oblast.

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