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Dutch citizens pay tribute to MH17 victims

Families of the 298 deceased read their names aloud
20:54, 17 July 2018
ABC News
Families of MH17 victims paid tribute for their deceased relatives in the Netherlands. Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ukrainian ambassador in this country told that to 112 Ukraine news channel in his commentary on Tuesday.
'Today (July 17, - 112 International), the measures took place at the memorial, opened a year ago. The memorial itself is located not far from Schiphol airport. The ceremony was quite humble, but very touching at the same time. The main event took place as the families and friends read aloud all 298 names of the deceased', Chentsov said.     
He added that the Amsterdam mayor and the local priests made speeches on the occasion of the anniversary of this tragedy. The top Dutch officials, including the Prime Minister and the Parliament's leaders were present, too. 

It has been exactly four days since the horrible tragedy of flight MH17. On July 17, 2014, Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile in the sky over Donetsk region. The aircraft was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. There were 298 people aboard; none of them survived.

The tragedy evoked huge public outcry in Ukraine and elsewhere, with the international investigation team looking into the case and blaming Russia-backed militants for the missile launch. The investigation team, led by the Dutch officials, came to conclusions that the plane was downed with the missile fired from Buk, Russian-made missile launcher. It appeared that the weapon, which originally belonged to Russian Army’s 53rd Regiment of Anti-Aircraft Defense, was moved to the militant-held territory of Donetsk region from Russia.

The Russian defense ministry denied any involvement in the case; nevertheless, the Netherlands and Australia officially charged the Kremlin.

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