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The Aftermath Of The Downing Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Published 20 July 2014

On July 17 the world was shocked by the news that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a scheduled international passenger connection between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, had been shot down over eastern Ukraine. It is believed to have been hit with a BUK surface-to-air missile. The aircraft went down near the village of Hrabove in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. All 283 passengers and 15 crew on board the Boeing 777-200ER airliner died in the tragic incident.


Smoke rises above the site of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Hrabove in the Donetsk region on July 17.


Part of the wreckage of the passenger jet which was strewn over an area of several miles. 


An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at one of the main crash sites on July 17.


Another pro-Russian separatist looks at wreckage from the nose section of the airliner near the village of Rozsypne on July 18. 


A white flag marks the location of the remnants of a body at a crash site on July 18. 


A journalist takes photographs at a crash site on July 18.


A local resident stands amid the wreckage at one of the crash sites near Hrabove on July 19.


Passengers' personal belongings and luggage amid the debris of the Boeing 777 jet. 


A pro-Russian separatist holds a child's stuffed toy found at one of the crash sites.


The pro-Russian self-styled governor of the breakaway Donetsk republic Pavel Gubarev (center) arrives to inspect one of the main crash sites.


Armed pro-Russian militants walk past a large piece of wreckage in a field near Donetsk.


OSCE monitors speak with a pro-Russian separatist about gaining access to a crash site near Hrabove on July 18. 


Ukrainian rescue workers carry the body of a victim away from a crash site on a stretcher through a wheat field near Hrabove on July 19. 


OSCE monitors and journalists look on as a pro-Russian separatist stands guard near bodies taken from a crash site. 


People hold candles during a candlelight vigil for victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, in Kuala Lumpur on July 19.