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MH17 disaster monitors confirm train contained bags with frozen bodies

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A train stationed in Torez. Credit: Reuters

European observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) verified that the train stationed in Torez, a town 15 km (9 miles) from the scene of the Malaysian airliner crash in eastern Ukraine, contained bags with frozen bodies.

A train stationed in Torez. Credit: Reuters

The monitors were accompanied by armed rebels and were not let inside the carriages, but took photographs of the dozens of bags inside.

OSCE monitors. Credit: Reuters

We have verified that there are body bags in these wagons, we have not been able to count them as that would be too difficult in these circumstances, we are now reporting back what we have seen and we move on now to the next incident scene to continue to do our work.

– OSCE representative
OSCE monitors. Credit: Reuters

The observer said he did not know where the bodies were being taken next or whether there were more to come.

A railway worker told Reuters earlier that the bodies would be sent south-west to an undisclosed location.

OSCE monitors. Credit: Reuters

We've seen the body bags, but of course there is no way we can verify their origin, going inside the wagons was impossible, the stench is very-very bad.

Our understanding is that these wagons will stay here until the arrival of international experts and then further decision will be taken.

– OSCE representative
Monitors take pictures of the body bags. Credit: Reuters

After lying there for two days in the summer heat, by Sunday the bodies had been removed from a large swathe of the crash site, leaving only bloodstained military stretchers along the side of the road.

The train stationed in Torez. Credit: Reuters

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