Meanwhile, the Kremlin has rebuffed calls for a United Nations tribunal to prosecute the suspects behind the July 17, 2014 downing of the Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
We thank those who brought them home.
New video of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 shows what appears to be Russian separatist fighters going through the belongings of the crash victims as the plane’s wreckage still smolders on the ground.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the video “highlights the fact that this was an atrocity, it was in no way an accident”.
Russian-backed rebels search for a Ukraine Air Force fighter jet they believe they have shot down.
A religious procession passes an Orthodox cross with a sign reading Save and Guard at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 17, 2015.
The rebels had shot down several Ukrainian transport jets in the weeks before the MH17 crash, including an Il-76 on June 14, killing 49 people onboard.
Abbott told those at a memorial ceremony the victims’ deaths leave “a void that can never filled and a pain that still throbs”.
The majority of the 298 people killed one year ago when the plane was hit over eastern Ukraine were Dutch citizens.
A preliminary report from the board in September was able to say only that the plane was destroyed by “high-energy objects” that pierced it from outside.
On the one-year anniversary of the crash Friday, mourners for the 298 victims gathered in the Ukrainian village of Hrabove near the crash site in eastern Ukraine. The response from the other end of the line can not be heard, but the man then says: “I understand”.
Mr Poroshenko said: “Unfortunately, this civilian aircraft and 298 people on board became a target of the ruthless terrorist attack, launched from a territory occupied by the Russian-backed militants in the East of Ukraine”.
Tears flowed during the emotional ceremony, as photographs of the smiling faces of victims were flashed up on to big screens followed by the word “remember”.
The video was described as an exclusive by News Corp Australia, though the BBC’s Australia correspondent claimed on Twitter that the BBC broadcast the same footage, cut differently, last year.
A plaque with their names was unveiled in the gardens of Parliament House in Canberra, set in soil brought back from Ukraine by an Australian police officer.
He knew that the place where MH17 came to rest was sacred and that a piece of it should come back to Australia.
Earlier this week Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko issued a similar warning, saying that Ukrainian and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intelligence sources had both informed him that there are a record number of Russian troops deployed on the border between the two countries.
New “sickening” video related to the downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 and aired today purportedly shows Russia-backed rebels rummaging through the bags of dead passengers, triggering fresh demands from top Australian leaders for Russia’s cooperation in the probe. “It was a contrast to the savagery that brought down the plane”, Abbott said as he and his wife laid a wreath at the base of the plaque.
Flags on government buildings flew at half-mast in memory of the victims, of who 196 were Dutch nationals.
But it adds footage in which separatist fighters who are sifting through the wreckage of the MH17 realize it is a civilian airliner rather than a Ukrainian military jet.
The writ alleges that Igor Strelkov, a Russian also known as Igor Girkin, was acting with the “actual or apparent” authority of President Vladimir Putin’s government when the plane was shot down.
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