Poroshenko on MH17 crash: We must prove inevitability of liability to Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Three years after the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, Dutch King Willem-Alexander inaugurated a monument forest on Monday in Vijfhuizen, near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the province of North Holland, to commemorate the 298 victims.

The attendees included family members of the victims, Dutch King Wilhem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, and other worldwide guests and politicians.

The commemoration came as global investigators continue their painstaking probe aimed at prosecuting those responsible for shooting down the plane and killing all the passengers and crew.

Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima attend the unveiling of the National Monument for the MH17 victims in Vijfhuizen

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. The worldwide criminal probe has concluded that the missile was sacked from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russian Federation.

Investigators past year said they had pinpointed 100 people they want to speak to who are believed to have been involved in transporting the Buk missile launcher or its use.

Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign affairs minister, said: "We'll do all we can".

"That calls on all states to cooperate to ensure that those responsible for the killing are brought to justice", Bishop said on July 16.

Thus, the ban came into effect from midnight on 17 July, i.e. the day when you were hit by a passenger airliner, which was flying flight MH17.

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 Schiphol airport in Amsterdam where the flight took off from on July 17, 2014.

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. It is also noted that the question of the Dutch DSB conflict on the heights, the Russian side did not provide an answer.

Most of those on board the Boeing 777 on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, were Dutch, but it was also carrying other passengers from 17 countries, including dozens of Australians.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is convinced that the impartiality of the Dutch justice will help to establish the truth and punish MH17 crash perpetrators.

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