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Amsterdam to host memorial for MH17 victims
12:38, 12 July 2017
Amsterdam to host memorial for MH17 victims

The site will be opened on July 17, which marks the third anniversary of the tragedy

12:38, 12 July 2017

Reuters

The MH17 victims’ memorial site will be opened in the Dutch capital. The complex designed to pay tribute to the deceased passengers of flight MH17 is to be stationed near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This is where the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines departed from on July 17, 2014 – several hours before the disaster took place.  

The memorial site consists of sunflowers and 298 trees, which clearly refers to the number of victims. It is to be opened on July 17, when the world commemorates the deceased on the third anniversary of the plane crash. The royal couple is going to attend the opening ceremony.

As is known, the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight MH17 crashed in the occupied part of Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. The passenger aircraft was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile fired from Buk, the Russian-made missile launcher. 298 people were aboard at the time; the missile attack left no survivors.

The comprehensive expertise proved that the weapon was brought to the occupied areas of Ukraine from Russia; besides, it was operated by servicemen of the regular Russian army fighting against Ukrainian government troops.

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