"A year ago, a regular passenger plane Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines, flight MH17, was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. 283 passengers, 15 crew members. Citizens of 10 countries. 80 children, three of them under two. Doctors, scientists, politicians, activists. Daughters, sons, grandpas and grandmas, spouses. A year ago we promised to punish those guilty of the tragedy. These were not just words. The killers have to know that the punishment is inevitable," Poroshenko said.
"In the fields near Hrabove, the Donetsk region, a memorial to 298 innocent victims of this barbarian terrorist act will be constructed," the president said.
He noted that not only the crime shall be investigated, but also those guilty shall be hold accountable.
"Our moral duty is to honor the memory of those killed by guaranteeing justified punishment to those who downed the plane," Poroshenko stressed.
He also added that Ukraine is ready to assist in the catastrophe investigation and holding those guilty accountable.