Analyst: 'SA-11 Buk missiles spotted near Donetsk'

A research analyst at the professional forum the Royal United Services Institute said it was possible that the Malaysia Airlines plane could have been brought down by a surface-to-air missile, which he believed would have been flying at 33,000 feet.

Justin Bronk said: "Unfortunately it is possible.

"There have been unconfirmed reports in the past few days of a system called SA-11, which Russia names 'Buk'. It has been seen around Donetsk, and that is a much heavier system. It looks like a tank with four large missiles on top and it is capable of shooting down an airliner at that sort of altitude."

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MH17 victims' bodies flown to the Netherlands

The first bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine are due to be flown to the Netherlands for identification. A train carrying the bodies of victims arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv yesterday. From there they will be flown to Eindhoven to be repatriated. 200 bodies were on board not the 282 claimed by rebels, a Dutch official said.