“It’s a tragedy, it’s a constant source of grief. We can’t reverse the human losses that happened on our territory, but we will do everything in our power to reach justice… The guilty party must be punished,” said Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia Mykola Kulinich.
The Saint Nicolas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canberra pastor Mychailo Solomko, who led the liturgy, noted that even though Ukrainians didn’t suffer losses in the plane crash, they were still affected by it. H emphasized that Ukrainians in Australia in the last three years have been organizing memorial ceremonies like this.
During the liturgy, the Ukrainians laid a symbolic cross out of 38 candles to commemorate all Australians, who perished three years ago. The Canberra Orthodox Centre, where the ceremony was held, was ornamented with Ukrainian sunflowers, which grew in the field, where the airplane crashed.
During the ceremony the importance of the Netherlands decision to have a national tribunal was emphasized,as well as the necessity to prevent such tragedies in future..
Apart from the Ukrainian diplomatic corps, representatives of the Netherlands, Denmark, Estonia and Hungary were present at the ceremony.
Three years ago, on July 17, 2014, a Boeing 777 plane (Malaysia Airlines) was downed near Torez, Donetsk region, carrying MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board were killed. The passengers of the flight were citizens of 10 countries, the majority was from the Netherlands.