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Last Parts of MH17 Wreckage Cleared From E. Ukraine

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A crane transports a piece of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 wreckage at the crash site in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, Nov. 20, 2014.

A crane transports a piece of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 wreckage at the crash site in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, Nov. 20, 2014.

Dutch air crash investigators have completed their recovery of the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that was downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine four months ago.

Workers sent the last pieces of the airliner on a train Sunday from the area controlled by pro-Russian separatists to the Ukrainian government-held city of Kharkiv. From there, the pieces will be transported to the Netherlands, where authorities are reconstructing the aircraft as part of their investigation.

All 298 people aboard the July 17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur – two-thirds of them from the Netherlands – were killed in the crash.

Authorities believe the aircraft was downed by a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia and fired from rebel-held territory. Moscow has blamed Ukraine's air force for shooting down the jet.

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