TOREZ, Ukraine -- With Russian support, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday for an international investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, as the bodies of victims finally began their journey to Amsterdam.
The resolution also calls for a halt to all military activities around the site and for Russian-backed separatists to allow international investigators complete access to the crash site.
The U.N. action came after four refrigerated rail cars carrying the bodies of 282 of the 298 victims left for the city of Kharkiv, controlled by the Ukraine national government, en route to Amsterdam. Earlier Monday, Dutch investigators were finally allowed to inspect the remains.
The Netherlands said 193 of its citizens were on the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpar flight.
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said the remains would be taken first to Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, and then will be flown to the Netherlands.
In another sign of a break in the stalemate over the investigation of Thursday's crash, Russian-backed rebels also agreed to turn over the plane's black boxes to a Malaysian team already in Ukraine, Razak said.
The plane crashed in a remote area near this city, a short distance from the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. The Pentagon has accused the pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the plane with a surface-to-air missile system likely provided by Russia. The rebels have blamed the crash on Ukrainian forces, and Russia has denied involvement.
The train headed for Donetsk, where it was to be met by a Malaysian delegation.
The train's destination, Kharkiv, with a population of 1.4 million people, is 180 miles northwest of Donetsk and outside the disputed area where separatists and Ukrainian forces have been fighting.