Slideshow: Malaysia Air Flight 17 commemoration

This month marks one year since 298 people died when Malaysia Air Flight 17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down near the border between Russia and Ukraine in the contested area of Donetsk. Everyone on board died: 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew.

It remains unclear who shot the plane down. Dutch-led investigations are ongoing. Russia blames Ukrainian government forces. The Ukraine, and many western nations, believe pro-Russian separatists fired surface-to-air missiles that brought the plane down.

On Friday, July 17th local residents attended a religious service in the village church of Hrabove nearest to the crash site. Afterword, they proceeded to the crash site where hundreds of people held a memorial service dedicated to victims of flight MH17.  FSRN’s Filip Warwick was there, and sends these photos.

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