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Stamps with footballer hitting MH17 plane issued in Netherlands before World Cup 2018

Postal operator of the Netherlands has expressed regret in connection with this issue
15:30, 14 June 2018

Nederlandse omroep stichting

The national postal operator of the Netherlands, company PostNL expressed regrets regarding the issuing of the stamp drawing the analogy between the FIFA World Cup in Russia and the tragedy of the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash in 2014. This was reported by Nederlandse omroep stichting agency.

“PostNL regrets that the company created an image that can be offensive to some people,” the message says.

It is stressed that the company renders services of individual stamps printing.

“The general regulations and conditions to which the ordering party agrees have it that one cannot give visual materials that could be offensive or have a political content. It is still not clear if the measures are are taken regarding this client,” the message says.

The postal company added that they usually check the future drawing before accepting the order.

Related: MH17 tragedy: victims' relatives hold action near Russian Embassy in Hague

Eaarlier it was reported that the author of the work portrayed on the stamp is Ukrainian artist Andriy Yermolenko. It depicts a player who knocks the plane down with the ball. Illustration of Yermolenko is one of a series of posters about the World Cup 2018.

As it is known, Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur, when it crashed in the militant-held area of Donetsk region in July 2014. The aircraft carried 298 people; no one survived. Experts found out that the passenger plane was shot down by a missile, fired from Buk, the Russia-made anti-aircraft missile launcher. The weapon was brought to Donbas by pro-Kremlin militants. Moscow has been denying any ties to the disaster.

The investigators from the Netherlands found another confirmation that MH17 plane was shot down from Russian 'Buk' missile system. Particularly, they got fingerprints from the ammunition.

Related: Dutch government conceals any responsibility from Ukraine for MH17 crash

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