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of ordering the missile strike
that brought down Malaysia
Airlines flight MH17 one year
ago, as relatives gathered from
the Netherlands to Australia to
remember the 298 passengers and
“MH17, where 298 victims
were killed for no reason, was
shot down by a Russian BUK
missile, launched by a Russian
professional crew under an order
and an instruction from the
Russian military,” President Petro
Poroshenko said on the first
anniversary of the disaster.
blamed Russia, but Poroshenko’s
comments were his most direct to
Russia denies responsibility and
in turn has pointed the finger at
Ukraine, whose forces are fighting
pro-Russian separatist rebels in
the region of eastern Ukraine
where the plane crashed to earth.
Poroshenko did not say what
evidence he had for accusing the
In comments later, he used a
different form of words, blaming
the tragedy on Russian-trained
“terrorists” — a description often
used by the Ukrainian government
to describe the separatists.
In rebel-held eastern Ukraine,
a church ser vice was held and
residents joined a procession to a
gravestone near the charred area
where twisted metal and body
parts came crashing down on July
17 last year.
“ To the memory of the dead —
298 innocent victims of civil war,”
was written on the gravestone in
the village of Hrabove, where a
Russian Orthodox priest and an
imam said prayers.
About 300 people brought
flowers and flags of the victims’
countries, some with black ribbons
attached, and released white
balloons into the sky.
“The memory of these people will
always be in our hearts ... Pray for
their souls,” a priest who gave his
name as Oleg said.
Of the victims, 196 were from the
Netherlands, where 1500 relatives
gathered for a ceremony of music
and dance at which the names of
the victims were read out.
“Today is a hard day, a day of
reliving,” Prime Minister Mark
Rutte told mourners.
“The 298 unique people we
remember today are for always
bound with your lives and those of
thousands of others.”
The wife of the airliner’s first
officer took the stage to read out
the passenger announcement her
husband was never able to make.
“Salam alaikum and good
evening,” she said, her voice
“ We will begin our descent
Airport, from where flight MH17
departed, and at towns across the
country, sunflowers were laid like
those that grow at the crash site.
Flags flew at half-mast.
Western governments believe
that pro-Russian rebels shot
the plane out of the sky with a
Russian-supplied BUK missile.
Britain and Ukraine marked the
anniversary with new appeals
for an international tribunal to
prosecute suspects, an option also
favoured by Malaysia, Australia,
the Netherlands and Belgium.
Russian President Vladimir
Putin dismissed those calls as
premature and counter-productive
on Thursday in a phone call with
Rutte and criticised “politicised ”
versions of the incident “planted ”
in foreign media.
Western diplomats say they are
open to the prospect of a tribunal
that is not backed by the United
Nations if Russia wields its
Security Council veto.
Thirty-nine of the victims were
from Australia, which held a
memorial ser vice.
“Their passing leaves a void
than can never be filled and a
pain that still throbs,” Australian
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
Malaysia remembered the victims,
43 of whom were Malaysian, at a
ceremony on July 11.
The differences over what
happened are part of a standoff
between Russia and the west over
Moscow ’s role in the conflict in
east Ukraine, in which more than
6500 people have been killed since
the separatist uprising began in
Moscow denies giving the rebels
arms and soldiers.
If a report from the D utch Safety
Board, due in October, concludes
that rebels shot the plane down
with a Russian-made missile, it
would undermine Russia’s denials
and could pave the way for court
cases and prosecutions.
British Foreign Secretary Philip
Hammond said in a statement
issued in London.
“Any attempt to undermine this
process would deprive the victims
of justice and cannot be tolerated.”
At Hrabove, about 650km east of
Kiev, rebel supporters who came
to the crash site, including rebel
leader Alexander Zakharchenko,
blamed the Ukrainian forces.
“The saddest thing is the
Ukrainians brought it down and
shifted the blame onto us,” said
a separatist who uses the nom de
guerre of Sultan.
Russian officials and state media
say Ukrainian forces shot down
the plane, a version which many
Russians say they believe.
“ I think it was the Ukrainians
who shot it down. 100%. It just
can’t be any other way,” said
Vladimir, a labourer in Moscow
who declined to give his full name.
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79-year-old motorist was stabbed to death after a vehicle collision.
Road rage murder
Solider gets life for murdering wife
When soldier Kynan Watego Devenna
returned to Australia from Afghanistan
with post-traumatic stress disorder, he
kept smelling rotten flesh and seeing
Three years after his return, the former
rifleman burnt his ex-girlfriend’s body
after stabbing her twice in the neck.
The 32-year-old was sentenced
yesterday to life in jail for the murder of
Sarahjane Dower, the mother of his two
children, in September, 2012.
The defence case during the four-day
trial at the Townsville Supreme Court
argued Devenna had gone into “army
mode” while killing Ms Dower and had
“disorganised thoughts” after the act.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter
on Monday but the Crown rejected the
In handing down his sentence,
Justice David North said Devenna
demonstrated a “chilling cruelty” in a
videotaped police inter view in which he
described Ms Dower’s death.
“ You’re going to die,” he told her after
stabbing her once.
“I’m not going to call an ambulance.”
He then watched her gasp for breath
and stabbed her again because she was
taking too long to bleed out. “ That
confession demonstrated that the
murder of Sarahjane Dower was planned
and premeditated,” Justice North said.
Defence lawyer Har vey Walters told
the court Devenna suffered flashbacks
that caused him to smell rotten flesh and
see faces and dismembered bodies.
He had struggled to cope following the
death of army mates in Afghanistan, had
been admitted to hospital for self-harm
and had suicidal thoughts and obsessive
However, a psychologist believed
he did not suffer a mental condition
“that deprived him of the capacity to
understand what he was doing”.
medication before he met Ms Dower
to talk about custody arrangements for
their two children on the day of the
He told police he had wanted her
dead since 2007 when custody of their
children first became an issue.
Authorities probe gunman’s life
United States authorities believe the
suspect in the fatal shootings of four
Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan
last year and possibly Yemen as well,
two US government sources said
overnight, as investigators looked for
any connection to Islamist militants.
Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24,
who the FBI identified as the shooter,
died on Thursday after he killed the
Marines and wounded three other
people in a rampage at two military
facilities in Chattanooga.
Investigators believe Abdulazeez may
have family in Jordan, making a visit to
that country highly likely, one of the
sources close to the probe said.
He may have made
stops, and a visit to Yemen has not been
A trip to Yemen, long viewed as a
training ground for Islamic militants,
would raise special concern.
Two brothers of Algerian extraction
who led an attack on the Paris office of
the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
in January had visited Yemen in 2011.
US investigators are probing the
suspect ’s travel history as part of
efforts to determine whether he
had any contact with militants or
militant groups, but they have no firm
evidence so far that he did, one source
close to the probe told Reuters.
Abdulazeez was inspired by Islamic
State or similar militant groups.
Islamic State had threatened to step
up violence in the holy fasting month
of Ramadan, which ends tonight.
Islamic State claimed responsibility
after a gunman killed 37 tourists in
Tunisia in June, the same day as an
attack in France and a suicide bombing
Abdulazeez, who grew up in a
Chattanooga suburb and studied
engineering at a local university, is
believed to have travelled to the Middle
East, where his family has roots,
between April and November 2014.on
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