(QHA) -

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over black boxes from the downed Malaysian airliner to Malaysian experts.

Self-styled Prime Minister of "Donetsk People's Republic" Aleksander Borodai handed over the flight data recorders in Donetsk early on July 22.

"Here they are, the black boxes," Borodai told a room packed with journalists at the headquarters of his self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic as an armed rebel placed the boxes on a desk.

Before handing over the boxes, Borodai took the chance to insist again that the pro-Russia rebels in east Ukraine had nothing to do with the downing of MH17, and blamed the Kiev government, which he said had "both the technical ability and the motive" to bring down the plane, according to Guardian.

Colonel Mohamed Sakri, part of the Malaysian delegation, thanked "his excellency Mr Borodai" for agreeing to the transfer, which came after Borodai spoke personally to the Malaysian prime minister by telephone earlier in the day.

Most western capitals have accused the pro-Russia rebels of bringing down the plane using a Buk missile, possibly brought to Ukraine from Russia. 

Colonel Mohamed Sakri of Malaysia's National Security Council told the meeting the two black boxes were "in good condition."

QHA