From clockwise top, a coffin is carried to a military plane at Kharkiv airport bound for Holland, flowers are left at the airport following a ceremony for the victims of MH17, the flight carrying the bodies takes off, Ukrainian citizens hold up a sign which reads "Kharkiv is sympathizing"
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'Long journey home' for MH17 victims

Coffins of the victims of the the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine have departed by plane for the Netherlands.

The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine last week are being flown to the Netherlands for identification.

About 40 coffins were laid out at the airport in the government-held city of Kharkiv on Wednesday morning in preparation for the flight.

Dutch ambassador Hans Docter said the victims were starting a "long journey home".

There was a simple ceremony to mark the coffins' departure, as Richard Galpin reports from the scene.

  • 23 Jul
  • From the section Europe