1st victims should be home Wednesday

Malaysian experts load items into a minivan in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko)
Malaysian experts load items into a minivan in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The Dutch prime minister says his government aims to have the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 back in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Mark Rutte said Tuesday that a plane is ready to bring the first remains back from the Ukrainian government-controlled town of Kharkiv, where they arrived early Tuesday in a refrigerated train.

He said that, “it is our aim – and at the moment our expectation – that sometime tomorrow the first plane carrying victims will leave for Eindhoven.”

Rutte said that the identification of some bodies will be quick. But he has warned grieving families of victims of Thursday’s crash that killed 298 people that the identification of some others could take “weeks or even months.”

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