A week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine, dozens more coffins containing remains of victims of the crash were due to arrive in the Netherlands on Thursday.
They will follow the first 40 wooden caskets, which were flown in Wednesday and greeted by somber, moving tributes across the country.
A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked their arrival at a military base in Eindhoven.
The grieving nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner - caught in a war in which they had no part.
The plane was downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine, where groups of pro-Russian rebels are battling Ukrainian government forces.
In a reminder of the ongoing bitter conflict, rebels claimed responsibility for shooting down two Ukrainian military jets on Wednesday. The rebels have denied that they brought down Flight 17.
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After spending days exposed to the elements on a Ukrainian field and then inside refrigerated train cars, the first group of victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are one step closer to home.
The first plane carrying the remains of some victims are expected to arrive in the Dutch city of Eindhoven on Wednesday.
The arrival will mark a homecoming for many of the victims. Most of the 298 people on board the plane were from the Netherlands, which has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning.
Dutch royals, government officials and families of the passengers will be at the tarmac when the remains arrive. After a solemn ceremony, the bodies will be taken to a military facility for forensic testing.
But Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it could take weeks or even months to identify the remains.
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