Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak. Pic: AP.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that pro-Russian rebels have handed over the two black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to Malaysian investigators and that they “appear to be in good condition”.

In a statement Tuesday evening he added that the train carrying the remains of most of the crash victims had arrived in the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv, as requested by the Malaysian government.

“I am pleased to confirm that the first two conditions have now been met,” he said. “The train carrying the remains of those who lost their lives has arrived in Kharkhiv, where arrangements will be made to move them to Amsterdam.”

“And the Malaysian team have taken custody of the black boxes, which appear to be in good condition. They will held securely in Malaysian custody while the international investigation team is being formalised. At that time, we will pass the black boxes to the international investigation team for further analysis.”

He added: “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the breakthrough that has allowed us to move forward.”

You can find Najib Razak’s full statement here