MH17 memorial opens in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of disaster

MH17 memorial opens in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of disaster

A group of 15 relatives of the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 staged a silent protest outside the Russian Embassy in The Hague on Sunday, calling on Moscow to take responsibility for the deadly downing three years ago.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that Washington "urges other states to cooperate fully in order to ensure those responsible are brought to justice".

Nations involved in the investigation have agreed to prosecute any suspects in the Netherlands, home to almost 200 of the victims.

"With this new development, Malaysia is ever more resolute to seek justice and remains single-minded in our pursuit to prosecute those who are responsible for this unfortunate tragedy", he added".

MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all the 298 people on board.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attend the opening of a memorial to victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. "This is a tragedy that Malaysia will never forget", he said on Facebook on Monday.

Poroshenko said that he was "convinced that the objectivity and impartiality of Dutch justice will complete this path".

"Our loved ones together went on a journey on July 17, 2014, and this memorial forest symbolically unites them again", said Evert van Zijtveld, whose two teenage children died in the crash.

Dutch investigators concluded in 2015 that the jet was shot down by a Russian-made Buk missile over eastern Ukrainian territory held by Russia-backed separatists.

In Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said his country is mourning the victims and said he believes the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice.

Earlier this month, Dutch officials announced that the trial of suspects arrested in the shooting of the aircraft will be held in the Netherlands.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on July 17 will join other worldwide officials at a ceremony to dedicate the memorial in the park of Vijfhuizen near Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

Monday afternoon's commemoration comes as global investigators continue their painstaking probe aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for shooting down Flight 17 and killing all 298 passengers and crew. Russian Federation has denied any involvement, and denounced the conclusions as politically biased.

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