A year after the passenger jet MH17 was shot out of the sky over rival-seized eastern Ukraine, the names of the 298 passengers and crew who died aboard Malaysia Airlines flight will be read aloud by relatives, on Friday.
The Boeing 777 passenger jet was travelling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, during some of the worst fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists who took up arms against Kiev’s pro-Western government a few months earlier.
All 298 passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines jetliner – the majority of them Dutch – died.
Skepticism immediately landed on the insurgents, who may have used a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia to explode the plane. Moscow has absolutely denied its involvement and pointed the finger instead at Ukraine’s military.