MH17 Victim Families Demand Justice from Russia

Relatives of 298 people killed in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine demanded justice as they have begun testifying in the trial of four suspects.

The relatives of the passengers and crew killed on July 17, 2014, when a surface-to-air Buk missile hit the Boeing 777, said they want the suspects to take full responsibility for the incident on Monday.

They stated they wouldn’t be able to truly say goodbye to their beloved until the perpetrators were brought to justice.

Ria van der Steen, who lost her father, Jan, and stepmother, Nell, said that she is full of “anger, hate, revenge, and fear.”

“I am full of feelings of revenge, hate, anger, and fear,” she said.

 “I know they are dead, and I will not see them again, but I can’t put an end to this process of saying goodbye, certainly not until those who are responsible for their deaths are found to be guilty of what they have done,” she added.

On July 17, 2014, a Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It went down in the Donetsk region, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Russia’s border with Ukraine.

According to Dutch prosecutors, the suspects were involved in shooting down the plane with a Russian ground-to-air missile over a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Russia has denied involvement.

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