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People walk across a damaged bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
An Ukrainian government army's soldier stands guard next to the cars of Convoy of the OSCE mission in Ukraine at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 31, 2014. Members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine are attempting to reach a place of Malaysia Airlines plane crash.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A car travels past an Ukrainian government army vehicle near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
An Ukrainian government army' vehicle travels across a damaged bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
An Ukrainian government army's soldier gestures at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
An Ukrainian government army's soldier stands guard at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Ukrainian soldier gestures as he controls traffic on July 31, 2014 at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors reached today the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area, had prevented them to determine the reason why the Boeing 777 crashed on July 17 with 298 people on board, and recover unaccounted for remains. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
People wait to cross a damaged bridge on July 31, 2014 near the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. With hazards including blown-up railway bridges and unexploded shells and mines, the route chosen by international investigators to reach the MH17 crash site on Thursday was fraught with risks. The team-- containing Dutch and Australian experts, as well as monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) -- left Donetsk early morning on July 31 moving in a convoy of three white SUVs with the OSCE logo on the sides and the roof. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard with a Ukrainian flag behind him, on July 31, 2014 at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors reached today the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area, had prevented them to determine the reason why the Boeing 777 crashed on July 17 with 298 people on board, and recover unaccounted for remains. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard near their humvee and military truck on July 31, 2014 at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors reached today the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area, had prevented them to determine the reason why the Boeing 777 crashed on July 17 with 298 people on board, and recover unaccounted for remains. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on July 31, 2014 near the convoy of the OSCE (the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) during their mission to reach the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors reached today the crash site after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area, had prevented them to determine the reason why the Boeing 777 crashed on July 17 with 298 people on board, and recover unaccounted for remains. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard near their tank on July 31, 2014 at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors reached today the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area, had prevented them to determine the reason why the Boeing 777 crashed on July 17 with 298 people on board, and recover unaccounted for remains. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian troops patrol near the village of Novoselovka, some 30 kms from the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on July 31, 2014. Explosions rang out near the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine as international investigators arrived for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a surprise one-day halt to its offensive against rebels.AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer stands guard as a woman walks past pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
FILE - This July 19, 2014, file photo shows pro-Russian fighter guarding the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down as it flew over the country, killing all 298 people on board. A series of unanswered questions about the downing of the flight shows the limits of U.S. intelligence-gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)
A Ukrainian volunteer of Donbas Battalion holds up weapons captured from rebels in the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 26, 2014. Volunteers from the Donbas Battalion, a volunteer militia for a united Ukraine, told The Associated Press their units, along with the Ukrainian army, regained control of Lisichansk on Friday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A pro-Russian fighters' APC stands abandoned near the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 26, 2014. Volunteers from the Donbas Battalion, a volunteer militia for a united Ukraine, told The Associated Press their units, along with the Ukrainian army, regained control of Lisichansk on Friday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Ukrainian government army soldiers patrol in the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 26, 2014. Volunteers from the Donbas Battalion, a volunteer militia for a united Ukraine, told The Associated Press their units, along with the Ukrainian army, regained control of Lisichansk on Friday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
File - This July 17, 2014, file photo shows people walking amongst burning debris at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down as it flew over the country, killing all 298 people on board. A series of unanswered questions about the downing the flight shows the limits of U.S. intelligence-gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)
Damage inflicted where a missile punched, two days before, a gaping hole in the wall of Alexander Litvinenko's ninth-floor apartment, in Donetsk, Ukraine. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death. Others in the residential neighborhood in northwest Donetsk were less fortunate. Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels on Monday, according to the mayor’s office. Residents in the rebel-held city are blaming Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who has promised to stamp out the uprising in the eastern part of the country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Children walk past a piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines jet downed over Ukraine, in Petropavlivka village, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, July 23, 2014. TIndependent military analysts said Wednesday that the size, spread, shape and number of shrapnel impacts visible in an AP photograph of a piece of the wreckage all point to a missile system like the SA-11 Buk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
In this framegrab made from a video provided by press service of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic and icorpus.ru, pro-Russians collect parts of the burning debris of a Ukrainian military fighter jet, shot down at Savur Mogila, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Two Ukrainian military Sukhoi-25 fighters have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. (AP Photo/icorpus.ru, Press Service of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic)
Police officers secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it arrives in a Kharkiv factory for a stop on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko)
Ukrainian Ministry Emergency officer, left, Donetsk People's Republic fighter, 2nd left, and members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examine a map as they discuss the situation around the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 27, 2014. A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine cancelled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area. Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the OSCE in Europe, said it would be too dangerous for the unarmed mission to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Dutch, right, and Australian policemen talk in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 27, 2014. A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine cancelled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area. Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the OSCE in Europe, said it would be too dangerous for the unarmed mission to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Dutch policemen walk in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 27, 2014. A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine cancelled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area. Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the OSCE in Europe, said it would be too dangerous for the unarmed mission to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Dutch investigators examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Rassipne, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Dutch policemen walk to their cars in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 27, 2014. A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine cancelled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area. Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the OSCE in Europe, said it would be too dangerous for the unarmed mission to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Dutch and Australian investigators along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A pro-Russian rebel throws a hat to his comrade to keep uniform formality as the convoy of the OSCE mission in Ukraine approaches to a check-point near the village of Rassipne, near the scene of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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BY MIKE CORDER

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded Tuesday.

The report by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile, but its findings appear to point to that conclusion. It also did not say who might have been responsible.

The Boeing 777 suddenly plunged out of the sky July 17 over pro-Russian rebel-held territory in Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

"The damage observed in the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," the report said. "It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up."

The board is leading the international investigation into the cause of the disaster. Its full report is expected within a year of the crash.

"The initial results of the investigation point toward an external cause of the MH17 crash," the board's chairman, Tjibbe Joustra, said in a statement. "More research will be necessary to determine the cause with greater precision. The Safety Board believes that additional evidence will become available for investigation in the period ahead."

Christopher Yates, an aviation safety specialist at Yates Consulting, told the AP the report "is extremely consistent with damage from a missile for the simple reason there are penetration marks.

"It must have been moving at very high velocity to create the damage," he said. "It could only be a missile of the type that would reach the altitude that would have struck the aircraft, potentially a BUK missile.

He said the report gave no indication whether the missile had been fired from the ground or from another aircraft, but it likely came from the ground as there were no military aircraft known to have been flying at the time. The missile could not have been shoulder-fired because it would not have reached the necessary altitude, he added.

Because of the ongoing conflict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces, investigators from the board have not visited the fields where the wreckage of Flight 17 plunged to the ground. That likely contributed to the board's cautious assessment of what happened.

"Detailed examination of the structural damage is ongoing," the report said. "Forensic examination will be performed if the wreckage can be removed."

Investigators so far have studied photos of the crash site, radar data and information gleaned from the downed jet's "black boxes" - its cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. They all indicated that there was no technical fault that may have caused the plane to disintegrate.

The cockpit voice recorder "revealed no signs of any technical faults or an emergency situation," the Safety Board said. "Neither were any warning tones heard in the cockpit that might have pointed to technical problems."

Pro-Russian rebels officially deny having shot down the plane, but unofficially one senior rebel admitted they were behind a missile strike.

Just three hours before the plane was shot down above rebel-held territory in Eastern Ukraine, the Associated Press reported on the passage of a Buk M-1 missile system - a machine the size of a tank bearing four ground-to-air missiles - driving through the rebel-held town of Snizhne, near the crash site.

A highly placed rebel officer told the AP in an interview in the aftermath of the disaster that the plane was shot down by a mixed team of rebels and Russian military personnel who believed they were targeting a Ukrainian military plane.

Intercepted phone conversations between the rebels released by the Ukrainian government support that version of events.

In those tapes, the first rebels to reach the scene can be heard swearing when they see the number of bodies and the insignia of Malaysia Airlines.

MH17 Report Blames 'High-Energy' Objects But No Suspects

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Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysian soldiers pause for a moment of silence next to vans carrying coffins of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Malaysia Airlines pilot (C) holds late co-pilot Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi's son Abderrahman, one the Malaysians who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine during a special prayer at a mosque in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 22, 2014. Black-clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the first remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A group of religious student recites quranic verses in front of the coffin of Dora Sheila Kassim during a special prayer in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receives the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receives the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receives the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A group of religious student recites quranic verses in front of the coffin of Dora Sheila Kassim during a special prayer in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Malaysia Army personnel receive the body of Dora Sheila Kassim in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Family members of Dora Sheila Kassim offer prayers as her body arrives in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
Mohamed Salleh, (C) the father of Malaysia Airlines flight attendant Nur Shazana, one of the Malaysians who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine, touches her coffin during a burial ceremony in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 22, 2014. Black-clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the first remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: Family members of Dora Sheila Kassim offer prayers as her body arrives in a local mosque on August 22, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
Family members and next-of-kin of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims pause for a moment of silence during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members and next-of-kin of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims pause for a moment of silence during a ceremony in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysian soldiers pause for a moment of silence during a ceremony to welcome remains of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims in the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members break down as vans carrying the remains of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims leave the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. Black-Clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to sombrely welcome home the frist remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are prepared to be carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 22: A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine arrives and the coffins are carried by Army soldiers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August 22, 2014 in Selangor, Malaysia. Two hundred and ninety-eight people onboard Flight MH17 perished when the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missle near the Russia-Ukraine border on July 18. It remains unclear who fired the missle, with ongoing fighting in the area between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry coffins with the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry coffins with the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives attend a ceremony for the return of the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysia Airlines staff attend a ceremony for the return of the remains of Malaysian victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. A plane carrying the first remains of the 43 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster returned home, where they were to be sombrely received on a national day of mourning. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of Nur Shazana, a Malaysia Airlines crew member who was among the victims onboard Flight MH17, cry during a burial ceremony at Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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