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MH17 relatives protest over lack of Russian action with 298 empty chairs

Each chair represented one of the victims who died when a missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

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Rob Fredriksz, who lost his son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy in the MH17 crash, places a sign next to 298 empty chairs opposite the Russian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands (Peter Dejong/AP)

Rob Fredriksz, who lost his son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy in the MH17 crash, places a sign next to 298 empty chairs opposite the Russian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands (Peter Dejong/AP)

Rob Fredriksz, who lost his son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy in the MH17 crash, places a sign next to 298 empty chairs opposite the Russian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands (Peter Dejong/AP)

Families of people killed when a missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 have staged a silent protest in the Netherlands against Russia’s lack of co-operation in the investigation.

They set out 298 white chairs outside the Russian embassy in The Hague.

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Each of the 298 empty chairs represented one victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (Peter Dejong/AP)

Each chair represented one of the victims who died when a Buk missile fired from territory held by separatist rebels shot down the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight on July 17 2014, killing everybody on board.

Sunday’s protest came on the eve of the start of the Dutch trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with murder for their alleged roles in the missile strike.

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A sign and a rose are placed next to the empty chairs (Peter Dejong/AP)

Russia has denied any involvement.

PA