Most of those on board the Boeing 777 were Dutch, but others came from 17 countries, including 38 Australians. “We welcome the steps taken by the countries involved to come to an effective prosecution, as well as their decision to opt for the Dutch national justice system embedded in worldwide cooperation and support as an important step towards bringing those responsible for downing flight MH17 to justice”, she said.
A glistening steel structure shaped like an eye and set before a dark wall bears the names of the victims.
MH17 crashed near the border of Russian Federation and Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
A Dutch-led team of investigators that included Australians concluded in September the rocket was sacked from territory in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists.
Russian authorities have pinned the blame on the Ukrainian military, which has been battling pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine for more than three years. Investigators believe Russian-backed militia fired the missile from Russia-controlled territory.
“We have faith in the objectivity and impartiality of the Dutch justice and that masterminds behind this crime will be inevitably brought to justice”, Poroshenko said in a Twitter post Monday.
In Malaysia, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai promised justice for the victims and said that July 17, 2014 “will always be in our memory”.
At an emotional ceremony marking three years since MH17 was shot down, Evert van Zijtveld said a group representing victims’ families “shall not give up and shall not be silenced until those who are responsible have been brought to justice”.
“Ten nations have also lost sons and daughters to this tragedy”, he said in a statement.
The European Union foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, called for worldwide co-operation in the hunt for the perpetrators.
“To ensure that those responsible for the downing of MH17 are held accountable and brought to justice, the criminal investigation needs the continuing support of the global community”, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy head, said in a statement.