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Russia Ambassador to Malaysia Lyudmila Vorobyeva speaks during a press conference on a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy at her embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Vorobyeva said that experts had confirmed that the black boxes of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine “were not tampered with.” (AP Photo)

Russia Ambassador to Malaysia Lyudmila Vorobyeva speaks during a press conference on a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy at her embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Vorobyeva said that experts had confirmed that the black boxes of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine “were not tampered with.” (AP Photo)

A pro-Russian fighter walks past a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. Four days after Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, international investigators still have had only limited access to the crash site, hindered by pro-Russia fighters who control the verdant territory in eastern Ukraine. Outrage over the delays and the possible tampering of evidence at the site was building worldwide, especially in the Netherlands, where most of the victims were from. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A man walks past a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. Four days after Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, international investigators still have had only limited access to the crash site, hindered by pro-Russia fighters who control the verdant territory in eastern Ukraine. Outrage over the delays and the possible tampering of evidence at the site was building worldwide, especially in the Netherlands, where most of the victims were from. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A toy is placed at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. Four days after Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, international investigators still have had only limited access to the crash site, hindered by pro-Russia fighters who control the verdant territory in eastern Ukraine. Outrage over the delays and the possible tampering of evidence at the site was building worldwide, especially in the Netherlands, where most of the victims were from. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Protesters stage a rally in front of Ukraine embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Protesters marched on the Russian embassy and Ukraine embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, waving placards and demanding justice for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine last week. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

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KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Wednesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims.

An AP reporter saw the train Tuesday as it pulled into a station in Kharkiv, a government-controlled city where Ukrainian authorities have set up their crash investigation center.

For many, it is the next stop on their journey home to the Netherlands. Of the 298 who died, 193 were Dutch citizens.

Oleksander Kharchenko, spokesman for the state committee on the crash, said “we will do our best” to send the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday. Ukraine has agreed to send remains of all the victims there for identification and forensic investigation.

The train stopped overnight in the contested city of Donetsk but left around 3 a.m., the Ukrainian emergency services ministry said.

In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers were meeting to decide how to react to the disaster.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius blamed “terrorists supplied by Moscow” for the airliner’s destruction and the deaths of everyone aboard, and said he hoped the EU will impose beefed-up sanctions on President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Linkevicius called for an arms embargo — a direct challenge to France, which is building two warships for the Russian navy.

So far, EU sanctions against Russia and its supporters in Ukraine have been relatively mild, though the EU was moving already to broaden them before the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine last Thursday. A summit meeting of the leaders of EU’s 28 member states the previous day had instructed the ministers to draft language that could allow punitive measures against Russian businesses and oligarchs, hitting closer to Putin’s inner circle than before.

The U.S. has said the jet was hit by a missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Moscow insurgents.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday the jet’s destruction has drastically changed the situation for the EU, and that the Russians cannot expect continued access to European markets and capital if they continued to fuel a war against another European country.

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Dahlburg contributed from Brussels.

Associated Press

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