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Separatists return bodies of Ukraine troops

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Pro-Russians and Ukrainian forces meet on a road to finish a deal to return the bodies of Ukrainian troops. (Source: CBS) Pro-Russians and Ukrainian forces meet on a road to finish a deal to return the bodies of Ukrainian troops. (Source: CBS)

KARLIVKA, UKRAINE (CBS) - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine on Wednesday said that they have handed over bodies of Ukrainian troops killed when a Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down by them on Saturday, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard.

Militiamen waving white flags met Ukrainian troops on a road in the eastern town of Karlivka, just outside of Donetsk, and sent over several trucks that they said contained 49 bodies.

"The container on the truck holds 49 bodies of Ukrainian paratroopers who died near Lugansk airport. We didn't receive anything in return in this handover," said one separatist, who identified himself only by his nom-de-guerre, Sova.

He said the exchange took place under a special cease-fire, which after the exchange would be over "and the war will go on until we win."

After the truck carrying the remains had passed to the Ukrainian side, both sides fell back to their respective positions.

The exchange came as the new president of Ukraine promised that government troops would soon stop firing on pro-Russian armed separatists, offering a chance to end the fighting that has killed hundreds and wracked the industrial east.

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