The Latest: Dutch father pleads for justice for MH17 victims – California News

The Latest: Dutch father pleads for justice for MH17 victims – California News

The Latest on third anniversary of downing of jetliner over Ukraine (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A Dutch father is pleading for those who shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine to be punished, as he mourns his two children and in-laws killed in the disaster.

At an emotional ceremony marking three years since MH17 was shot down, Evert van Zijtveld said victims’ families “shall not give up and shall not be silenced until those who are responsible have been brought to justice.”

Speaking to relatives and friends of the 298 victims of the crash, Van Zijtveld said the loss of his 19-year-old daughter Frederique and 18-year-old son Robert-Jan “left a hole in our hearts.”

He and other families spoke at a new memorial near the Amsterdam airport from which the plane departed. Van Zijtveld said, “Our loved ones together went on a journey on July 17, 2014, and this memorial forest…

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