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MH17 anniversary: Australian families attend unveiling of memorial for victims

MH17 anniversary: Australian families attend unveiling of memorial for victims

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today reiterated Malaysia's demand for justice for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which was shot down in eastern Ukraine three years ago.

At an emotional ceremony marking three years since MH17 was shot down, Evert van Zijtveld said a group representing victims' families "shall not give up and shall not be silenced until those who are responsible have been brought to justice".

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will join government and global officials at a solemn ceremony to dedicate the memorial in the park of Vijfhuizen, close to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport where the flight took off from on July 17, 2014.

Relatives of passengers of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 airliner, of M17 flight Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur, shot down by the Russian self-propelled ground-to-missile launcher BUK-TELAR near Torets, Donetsk region, in July 2014, held a rally outside the Russian embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands, demanding to stop interfering with the investigation.

The United States has urged other countries to cooperate in the investigation.

"We will pursue and prosecute the perpetrators of this outrageous act".

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"To ensure that those responsible for the downing of MH17 are held accountable and brought to justice, the criminal investigation needs the continuing support of the global community", Mogherini said in a statement.

Poroshenko said that he was "convinced that the objectivity and impartiality of Dutch justice will complete this path".

The memorial includes 298 trees - one planted for each victim in the shape of a green ribbon.

The names of all the 298 passengers and crew killed in the disaster will be read out by their families, and 17 local children will lay flowers.

Each of the trees bears the name of one of the victims.

In Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday insisted Moscow must be held to account over the tragedy.


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