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Remembering Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 victims a year on

By AP Reporter

Published 18/07/2015

People walk among the debris at the crash site of the passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine (AP)
People walk among the debris at the crash site of the passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine (AP)

Hundreds of family members and friends of the 298 passengers and crew killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the skies above Ukraine have taken part in moving commemoration services one year on.

Ceremonies in The Netherlands, Ukraine and Australia took place amid a sharp dispute over who was responsible for downing the Boeing 777, which was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Ukrainian and Western authorities say the plane was downed a year ago, most likely by mistake, by a missile fired either by Ukrainian separatists or the Russian troops who they say back the rebels with weapons and manpower.

Several weeks before MH17 was shot down, separatist rebels had bragged about acquiring a missile system and had downed several Ukrainian military aircraft in eastern Ukraine, killing 49 people in one incident.

The rebels and Moscow say the separatists had no such missile systems at their disposal and that the plane was hit by a Ukrainian warplane or a Ukrainian-fired missile.

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