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Dutch, Ukrainians, Australians mark year since MH17 downing


In the Netherlands, Ukraine and Australia, people have gathered today to remember the 298 passengers and crew members who were killed a year ago today when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over rebel-held Eastern Ukraine.

   At the Dutch service, hundreds of family members and friends of the passengers and crew gave a standing ovation to the widow of the plane's co-pilot when she delivered a parting message that her husband never got a chance to say on that day. "On behalf of Malaysia Airlines," she said, "we would like to thank you for flying with us."

   Residents of the Ukrainian village where the airliner was shot down, marched to the crash site today. In Australia, the prime minister remembered the "savagery" of the attack as he unveiled a plaque in Canberra.

   The ceremonies took place amid a continuing dispute over who was responsible for downing the plane, which was headed from Amsterdam to Malaysia.

   Ukrainian and Western authorities say the plane was downed, most likely by mistake, by a missile fired either by the separatists or the Russian troops who they say back the rebels with weapons and manpower. The rebels and Moscow say the separatists had no such missile systems and that the plane was hit by a Ukrainian warplane or a Ukrainian-fired missile.

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