Secretary-General remembers victims of Malaysia Airlines crash

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/M. Garten

The anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is a stark reminder of the “continuing dire situation” in eastern Ukraine.

That was the message on Friday from the UN Secretary-General in a statement marking one year since the commercial aircraft went down in Donetsk Oblast.

Ban Ki-moon said his thoughts were with the families of the 298 people who died in the incident.

Dianne Penn reports.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on 17 July 2014 when it crashed in eastern Ukraine.

All 298 people on board were killed.

The UN Secretary-General said the anniversary of the crash was another stark reminder of what he described as the “continuing dire situation in eastern Ukraine” and the need to bring an urgent end to the conflict there.

 The victims, he said, must be honoured by a collective effort to ascertain the truth about the incident and ensure those responsible will be held to account.

Mr Ban also welcomed progress made by an independent international investigation into the crash.

The probe was established by the UN Security Council last July.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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