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Rebels' MH17 Site 'Sabotage Plan' Intercepted
Rebels planned to sabotage the investigation into Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 by scattering parts of other planes at the crash site, according to Sky sources.
UK intelligence officials intercepted communications between pro-Russian separatists, seemingly discussing deliberate attempts to tamper with the scene of the disaster.
Evidence indicates rebels talked about removing victims' remains from the fields of Grabovo, where the plane was shot down.
Sky sources in Whitehall added that the rebels also considered sending the black boxes to Moscow.
Sky's Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the sources claimed the separatists wanted to confuse the situation further for investigators.
He said: "I think this will play into the fears that many people have that not all of the bodies will be returned, that parts of the plane have been tampered with in order to try and hide any evidence.
"It has been incredibly difficult for international monitors to gain access to the crash site.
"This is all a part of UK intelligence working with intelligence agencies around the world to try and build up a picture not only of what happened at the point of impact, but also what happened in the hours and days that followed on from that."
The news came as Ukraine said rebels had shot down two of its fighter jets.
A spokesman for the country's military operations said the aircraft were brought down near Savur Mogila in eastern Ukraine.
No information was given about those on board, but it is thought both planes were carrying up to two crew members each.
Fierce fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists has continued in the Donetsk region since the MH17 disaster.
The bodies of some of the victims have started being flown back to the Netherlands from the crash site.
Two military aircraft - one Dutch and the other Australian - left Kharkiv Airport for Eindhoven Airport this morning.
The rest are expected to be repatriated during the course of this week.
Some 200 bodies have been handed over by the rebels but 80 are still missing and are thought to be among the flight debris at the crash site.
All 298 people on board were killed when the jet was brought down in a region where Ukrainian forces have been battling separatists.
Kiev and Moscow have blamed each other for the air disaster.