Its been five days since the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 was shot down and we are all still deeply saddened by it.
Family and friends of the Malaysians on board the MAS Flight MH17, whose remains will be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, accompanied by a six-man Malaysian recovery team. “Following any necessary forensic work, the remains of Malaysian citizens will then be flown home,” Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. Reports by SkyNews said bodies could be back in Malaysia in about 24 hours.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this was made possible following an agreement reached between Malaysia and Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the region where the ill-fated flight was shot down.
Najib said he had spoken to Borodai late yesterday where it was agreed that the remains of 282 victims, currently in Torez, would be moved by train to Kharkiv 305km away to be handed handed over to representatives from the Netherlands.
“I ask that all parties continue to work together to ensure that the remains of our people are returned, that the black boxes are handed over, and that the international team is granted full access to the site.”
The prime minister said he understood that for the families, nothing could undo this damage.
“The lives taken cannot be given back; the dignity lost cannot be regained.
“My heart reaches out to those whose loved ones were lost on MH17.
“We hope and pray that the agreement reached tonight helps bring them a clear step towards closure,” he said.