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Workers finish recovering MH17 wreckage in Ukraine

Created: 11/23/2014 10:52 AM
By: BALINT SZLANKO

PELAHIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Workers have finished recovering wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster, more than four months after the passenger jet was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Under the supervision of Dutch investigators and European security officials, the recovered fragments were loaded onto a train in the village of Pelahiivka and shipped to the Ukrainian government-held city of Kharkiv on Sunday.

The investigation into what happened to MH17 is being conducted there and in the Netherlands. Ukraine and Western governments accuse Russia-backed separatist fighters of firing rockets that felled the plane, killing all 298 people aboard, while Russian state-run TV has blamed Ukraine's air force.

The recovery operation, which took a week, had been delayed because of continued fighting between government troops and separatist fighters despite a cease-fire agreement reached in September.

A volley of rockets hit a residential district Saturday evening in western Donetsk, the main rebel-held city, injuring at least one resident.

"A Grad rocket came through the roof, hit the ceiling and then ... finally embedded itself in the floor," Vladimir Goryanskiy said Sunday. "It was yesterday. My wife was sitting close to it and only a miracle saved her. Her arm was broken and she suffered a cut tendon and some other cuts."

Ukrainian forces have firing positions to the north and west of this neighborhood in the Kuibyshivskyi district. Outgoing fire also was heard Saturday evening. Shelling has hit the working-class neighborhood before, and several homes are now empty because residents have moved to safer areas.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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