Tributes round the world for victims of Ukraine crash
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:57
Jul.19 - Families and small communities around the world pay tribute to the 298 people on board the Malaysian jet, which crashed in eastern Ukraine. Sarah Toms reports.
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Prayers and tributes across the world for the victims of the Malaysian airliner, which crashed in eastern Ukraine.
Here in Sydney, Australia's Ukrainian community mourned the deaths of the 298 passengers on board MH17 with tears and songs.
The victims came from 11 countries, and their deaths are felt across four continents.
In the Philippines, three nationals died on the jet as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Families in Quezon City are left searching for answers and clinging to memories.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) BROTHER OF FILIPINO MH17 PASSENGER IRENE PABELLON-GUNAWAN, TIRSO PABELLON, SAYING:
"Why did they have to include civilians? What we want is justice for this tragedy. If not for my sister, at least for the other passengers who also died. I know their families also feel the same way we do, the feeling of those who lost a loved one."
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said international observers must gain access to the crash site to find out what happened.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING:
"I regret to say that overnight a monitoring mission from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) did gain temporary access to the site but it was driven off by gunfire presumably from the Russian-backed rebels. This does highlight though the difficulty and danger of the situation."
It's still not clear whether the Ukrainian government or separatists backed by Moscow shot down the plane.
But it's hoped that the tragedy can achieve a peace that diplomacy has so far failed to bring.
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