Mogherini calls for holding those responsible for MH17 crash accountable

Faith Castro
July 17, 2017

"Today, lighting the candles in memory, we bow our heads before 298 innocent victims of MH17 flight crash".

Last year, a Dutch-led team of global investigators and public prosecutors alleged that a Russian missile transported into a rebel-held part of eastern Ukraine was used to shoot down the jet.

Relatives and friends of people killed three years ago when a surface-to-air missile blew a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet out of the sky over Ukraine are marking the anniversary together with the Dutch king at a new memorial near the Amsterdam airport from which the plane departed.

"It was a barefaced crime that could have been avoided if not for the Russian aggression, Russian system and Russian missile that came from Russian territory", Poroshenko wrote.

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers, citizens of ten countries.

Russian Federation has denied all involvement, and a number of issues have made the case hard to bring to court.

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In addition to renewed calls for accountability, leaders also expressed their ongoing condolences.

The monument, a curved steel wall and an eye-shaped sculpture engraved with the victims' names, stands in an amphitheatre surrounded by 298 trees - still saplings - planted in the form of a commemorative ribbon.

"Ten nations have also lost sons and daughters to this tragedy", he said in a statement.

Sunflowers, which have been planted around the trees, will "radiate a golden glow" as well as recall the fields of sunflowers that cover fields in the area of eastern Ukraine where wreckage from flight MH17 was found.

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". Though more than 100 people are wanted in connection with the tragedy, no one has been arrested to date.

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