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Tears as MH17 victims are flown in for identification

International efforts are being made to secure the MH17 crash site away from pro-Russian rebel control as remains continue to be found following the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane.

Two more military aircraft transported the body parts of scores of victims to the Netherlands, before 74 coffins were transported to a convoy of hearses and driven away ahead of a long and grim process of identification.

Most of the 298 people on board the plane, which was downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine a week ago, were Dutch citizens and thousands stood to show their respects by the roadside on the second day of returns.

ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports on the tearful scenes among grieving families in Hilversum and the identification effort being assisted by British police.

Crowds line motorway in tribute to MH17 victims

Large crowds have lined the Dutch roadside to pay their respects to the victims of the MH17 plane disaster as more remains and body parts were returned to the Netherlands for identification.

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People lined bridges and the roadside of the A27 motorway near Nieuwegein as the hearses drove past. Credit: Reuters/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos
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Lowered Dutch flags were waved as the sad procession passed for a second day. Credit: Reuters/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos
Policeman salutes
A policeman saluted as the convoy passed. The remains of the victims have been transported to a military base in Hilversum ahead of a long identification process. Credit: Reuters/Mischa Rapmund

Watch: Identifying MH17 victims 'could take months'

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US: 'New evidence' shows Russia firing into Ukraine

The United States has said it has "new evidence" that Russia is firing artillery across the border at Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the evidence also shows Russia "(intends) to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine".

But she refused to disclose what the intelligence was based on. It followed claims from Russia's UK Ambassador that the US was sourcing its claims against Russia from "social media".

Identifying MH17 remains will be 'very challenging'

Identifying the remains and body parts found at the MH17 crash site will be "very challenging" because of the nature of the disaster, a British official taking a leading role in the grim process has exclusively told ITV News.

Detective Inspector Howard Way of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) is among a team of nine British officials sent by the Foreign Office to join the disaster investigation.

He told ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo the international effort in the Netherlands to identify the remains will take "weeks and months".

Watch Rohit's latest report from a sombre Netherlands

Identifying flight MH17 victims 'could take months'

A British investigator involved in identifying the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has warned that the process could take months to complete.

Detective Inspector Howard Way said he was confident officials would identify the 298 victims, but this could take "weeks or months".

Two more planes carrying the remains of victims arrived in the Netherlands today as a second repatriation service took place.

ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports:

Read: More human remains found at MH17 crash site

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Identifying MH17 victims will take 'weeks and months'

The grim identification of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 will take "weeks and months", a British official taking a leading role in the disaster investigation has told ITV News.

ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo tweeted:

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I just spoke with a British investigator who has travelled to the Netherlands to take a leading role in the #MH17 investigation

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He tells ITV News: "I'm confident that we will identify them but we're talking in terms of weeks and months, but not days certainly"

More bodies of MH17 disaster flown to the Netherlands

The bodies and remains of more victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster have been flown to Eindhoven airport from Ukraine.

The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. Credit: REUTERS/Mischa Rapmund
The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
Officials said 51 bags containing bodies or body parts were transported by plane today, a day after 40 bodies were returned to the Netherlands. Credit: REUTERS/Mischa Rapmund
The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
The coffins were loaded into waiting hearses on the tarmac at Eindhoven airport ahead of a formal identification process. Credit: REUTERS/Mischa Rapmund
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