Memorial site in honor of MH17 victims to open in Amsterdam

17:18, 12 July 2017

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. 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.