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 "It's time to make amends for MH17, Mr Putin," - open letter to Russian President by victims attorney

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Some think MH17 must have been a terrible, inevitable mistake of war. The facts scream intent and motive. It was a calculated military strike as willful as the killing of one more political opponent.

Jerome Skinner, an attorney representing victims of flight MH17 from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, wrote in his open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin published by Sydney Morning Herald on July 12, Censor.NET reports.

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"Your government has provided no explanation for the missile parts and wiring among the wreckage, no explanation for the missile series or warhead numbers, no explanation for the shrapnel pattern, shape, distribution or recovery of bow tie-shaped shrapnel from the flight crews' shattered bodies.

"You've failed to answer for the hundreds of photos, the videos, the satellite images and the eyewitnesses - scattered pieces of a puzzle looking more and more like Moscow's work as they come together.

"You've given us no explanation for the presence of so many members of the Russian military, who published their pictures and those of their comrades on the internet as a convoy from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade penetrated Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

"Why did you locate your missile launcher in the centre of the L980 transcontinental commercial air corridor unless you were hunting an airliner? It was nowhere close to the Ukrainian air power around Donetsk.

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"Do you not feel that such tragic loss deserves explanation? You felt and expressed this type of loss when your Metro Jet was bombed. Do you really think that you have no responsibility to the families of the 80 children on board? What about all the others? Were they your enemy? None of them spoke Russian, none of them spoke Ukrainian. None will ever speak again. Murder demands justice.

"Some think MH17 must have been a terrible, inevitable mistake of war. I do not think that is the truth. The facts scream intent and motive. It was a calculated military strike as willful as the killing of one more political opponent. You stand as the only man who can set this right.

"The slaughter of 298 innocents, including 80 children, will be a stain on the Russian Federation for eternity. I will stand and call out this evil before great power, because that it is my duty to seek justice. I stand against your nation for all the nations whose families suffered. But, particularly on behalf of the Malaysian, Australian, New Zealander and Dutch families that I represent.

"I will use the European Court of Human Rights and every other avenue available to bring the Kremlin to accountability. My grandfather, my father, my uncle and my brother would approve. Mr Putin, evil can atone. Your Christian faith should teach you that forgiveness must be sought by the words and deeds of the wrongful actor. The violator can be forgiven, even for death.

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"I am a believer in Christ. I try to think, act and interact with others with a Christ consciousness. You are big Mr Putin, I am small, but God remains bigger than us all. He will be the ultimate arbiter. Still, you and Russia have a responsibility to reach out and take action in this life.

"Meet me and finally make amends for the victims of this tragedy. You may communicate with me through your embassy contacting the US Department of State," Skinner wrote.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over the Donetsk region July 17, 2014. 298 people died in the crash. The passengers were citizens of 10 countries. The majority of victims (196) were Dutch nationals.



 
 
 
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