MH17 memorial opens in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of disaster

MH17 memorial opens in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of disaster

MH17 memorial opens in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of disaster

It's three years since Malaysian Airlines' Flight MH17 from Amsterdam was shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.

In the Netherlands, thousands of relatives and friends gathered on Monday to unveil a "living memorial" near the Amsterdam airport from which the plane departed. There is a life before and after July 17, 2014. "As we and the Joint Investigation Team have said, Russian-led forces in eastern Ukraine fired the surface-to-air BUK missile - brought into sovereign Ukrainian territory from Russia - that took down flight MH17".

The commemoration came as worldwide investigators continued their painstaking inquiry aimed at prosecuting those responsible for shooting down Flight 17 and killing all the passengers and crew.

Russian Federation has insisted the plane was brought down by the Ukrainian military.

"We have full confidence in the ability of the Dutch criminal justice system to conduct a prosecution that is comprehensive, objective and just", she said.

One tree for each victim was planted with the forest forming the shape of a ribbon
MH17 memorial opens in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of disaster

The probe being led by the Netherlands - which suffered the majority of losses - is focusing on some 100 people suspected of having played an "active role" in the incident, but the investigators have not publicly named any suspects. The European Union foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, called for worldwide cooperation in the hunt for the perpetrators.

Malaysia will never forget the MH17 tragedy and will strive to seek justice for the families of those who perished in the tragedy.

"We hold accountable the crew on the ground who shot the missile but there's a level of responsibility and accountability all the way up the chain of command, all the way to the top", he said. Each of the names were read aloud during the memorial.

On Monday, more than 2,000 relatives of the victims of the disaster will take part in the opening ceremony of the memorial dedicated to their relatives, Radio Liberty said.

A glistening steel structure shaped like an eye and set before a dark wall bears the names of the victims.

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