Ukraine: Black boxes show MH17 shot down

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Analysis of the black boxes recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 show shrapnel from a rocket explosion caused it to crash, a Ukrainian security official said on Monday.

The jet went down due to "massive explosive decompression", said the spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Andriy Lysenko.

Britain had decrypted data from the doomed airliner’s black boxes after Malaysian officials received the gadgets from pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site of MH17.

Investigators leading the probe in the Netherlands – which lost 193 citizens on the doomed jet – refused to confirm the latest information from Kiev, saying that they were “waiting to get a more complete idea of what happened.”

Kiev and its Western allies have accused insurgents of shooting down the plane, killing all 298 people on board.

- AFP, Reuters