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Requiem for the innocent victims of the MN-17 flight was held in Canberra
22 July 2017 03:46

The commemoration event-Requiem for the innocent victims of the MN-17 flight was held at the initiative of the Embassy of Ukraine in Australia and AFUO in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UAOC) of St Nicholas in Canberra 

The Memorial event-Requiem for the innocent victims of the MN-17 flight was held at the initiative of the Embassy of Ukraine in Australia and AFUO in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UAOC) of St Nicholas in Canberra on July 22.

The official representatives of the Australian government, in particular the Commissioner in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), Michael Bliss, Director of the Department of Eastern and Central Europe of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kevin Magee, heads of diplomatic representations of the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Estonia, Denmark, Hungary, representatives of embassies, the Ukrainian community and church clergy participated in the event.

Ambassadors of Ukraine, the Netherlands and an Australian government representative addressed the participants of the event with a commemoration.

"This tragedy is a constant source of sorrow, we can not cancel the loss of people over our territory, but we will do everything possible for justice ... The perpetrators must be brought to justice," said Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Mykola Kulinich during the ceremony.

The rector of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canberra Father Michael Solomko, who led the commemoration, said that although the Ukrainians have not lost their citizens in this disaster, they have also suffered from it.

At the time of the liturgy, Ukrainians laid out a symbolic cross of 38 candles in memory of all the Australians who died three years ago. In addition, the Ukrainian Orthodox Center of Canberra, where the main commemorative events took place, were decorated with Ukrainian sunflowers that grew up in the field where the plane fell.

During the commemorative services, the importance of the decision of the Netherlands on the national tribunal and the need to prevent such tragedies in the future were emphasized.

The event was widely publicized in the country. It was broadcast on the national TV channel ABC and in the Australian printed and electronic media.

At the initiative of the Ukrainian community in Australia, the commemorative services for the victims of the MN-17 tragedy were held in all Ukrainian churches in Australia

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