More remains have been found at the crash site of the MH17 Malaysian Airlines in eastern Ukraine, rebel authorities have said.

The rebel transportation ministry said the remains will be handed over to forensic specialists in the city of Kharkiv by officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The Boeing 777 flight flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on 17 July.

The remains are thought to belong to the 298 who died in the crash.

No one has taken responsibility for shooting down the plane , but Russian claims the flight was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet was dismissed as false by Germany's federal intelligence service (BND).

A Dutch report released in September added the aircraft broke up in mid-air after being struck by "objects" that "pierced the plane at high velocity", but stopped short of laying blame for the incident.