A plane carrying the bodies of those killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands; meanwhile, the black boxes from the doomed airliner arrived in London for analysis. A representative from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe told ABC News that the wreckage from the crash site had been significantly altered. It appeared that pieces of the front of the cockpit area of the aircraft had been cut away with power tools.
In another shocking development, rebel commander Igor Strelkov said that the separatists brought down one Ukrainian military attack jet near the area where flight MH17 was shot down. The Ukrainian government said that two Ukrainian military SU-25s were shot down in the area. The pilots had ejected but had not been found. This action makes moot rebel claims of deniability on the MH17 shootdown, saying they had no sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons.
Fox News is also reporting that the rebels are still receiving large amounts of heavy weaponry from Russia, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, and mobile rocket launchers. The rocket launchers will be especially effective against Ukrainian troops. Some of the tanks photographed are not in the Ukrainian military inventory, so they have to have been received from outside the country. Ukrainian military spokesmen have said that rebel forces have moved from the outskirts of Donetsk and Luhansk into the center of the urban areas, where they have dug trenches and seem to be preparing for a decisive battle.
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In another startling development, President Obama has approved sending non-combative military advisors to Ukraine to help in strategic and force structure decisions for the Ukrainian military. Up to now, only non-lethal aid has been sent by the United States to Ukraine. This could be a turning point in the conflict, bringing the war much closer to a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia.