On Sunday (July 17), the world remembered those who lost their lives two years ago on board the tragic Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, again mourning the loss of 298 passengers and crew.
On the same day it was reported that compensation would be awarded to many of the victims’ families, after settlement s were agreed with the airline.
According to CNN, the lawyer representing 170 Dutch victims confirmed that a compensation settlement had been made “for an undisclosed amount”.
It is believed that talks are still taking place to secure settlements for the rest of the victims.
Tragedy struck the Malaysia Airlines 777 on its route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when a Russian-made Buk missile struck the aircraft, causing it to crash in eastern Ukraine, killing all of those on board.
And since then the victims’ families have had to endure lengthy investigations, unanswered questions and upsetting reports that suggest Ukraine shouldn’t have had its airspace open to commercial flights because of the conflict between Ukraine Government forces and Russia-backed separatists.
Ahead of the anniversary on Sunday, the US Department of State released a statement saying that it welcomed the findings of the Dutch Safety Board’s final report on the cause of the MH17 crash, released in October 2015.
But while the report “validated that MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile”, the United States commented that it is continuing to work with the Joint Investigation Team and law enforcement authorities to help form the basis of an independent prosecution and bring the perpetrators of this tragedy to justice.
Indeed, the news that many of the families are to receive a settlement is welcomed, albeit bittersweet, yet the painful process of achieving justice for those responsible continues on.