MH17 disaster: victims describe tragedy firsthand

Source : 112 Ukraine

Piet Ploeg's nephew, brother and sister-in-law were among 298 people killed in MH17 disaster
19:19, 9 March 2020


The families of people killed when a missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 set out 298 white chairs outside the Russian Embassy on Sunday in a silent protest against Moscow’s lack of cooperation in the investigation into the downing of the passenger jet, as the AP news agency wrote.

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The families stood in silence for two minutes after arranging the chairs and signs including one that read: “Impunity = unacceptable! Someone knows what happened ... Justice for MH17.”

The protest came on the eve of a Dutch trial for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with murders for their alleged roles in the missile strike.

Nearly six years on and ahead of the trial of four men charged with the murder of all on board, Mr Ploeg pays tribute to his "nerd" nephew and shares his hopes for finding out what happened.

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He also described the grim reality that his nephew's body returned home in 80 pieces and that his brother's remains have never been found.

As we reported before, The presiding judge in the MH17 case Hendrik Steenhuis informed that no one of the defendants appeared in court


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