Memorials Held For MH17 Crash Victims

A procession from Hrabove made its way to the site of the crash.
A procession from Hrabove made its way to the site of the crash.

A procession from Hrabove made its way to the site of the crash.

Emotional services are being held to mark the first anniversary of the MH17 air disaster over eastern Ukraine, in which 298 people died. A service took place at the Ukrainian village closest to where the Malaysian airliner came down, followed by a procession to the crash site. In Hrabove, the Ukrainian village nearest to the crash site, about 200 residents gathered in a church for a memorial service and processed to a newly unveiled memorial plaque to the victims. In the Netherlands, which lost 193 victims, flags are flying at half mast and flowers have been laid at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from where MH17 took off. A service for the families is getting underway in Nieuwegein and is expected to be attended by about 2,000 people including Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, who will attend a service in Kiev, said on Friday that it was a “moral duty” to find out who was behind the downing of the plane. Mr Poroshenko reaffirmed his support for a UN tribunal to prosecute the suspects- something which has also been called for by the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and Malaysia.

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