Republic’s officials honour memory of those perished in plane crash of Malaysian Boeing 777

On July 17, on the fifth anniversary of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing 777, a mourning rally was held in the village of Grabovo, which is administratively subordinate to the Shakhtyorsk City Council. The event was attended by the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, the Chairman of the People’s Council, Vladimir Bidyovka, as well as residents and guests of the Republic.

During the speech, the Head of the Republic expressed his condolences to the families of the dead.

“It’s been five years since the moment of the terrible disaster. Alas, it was not accidental – it is a provocation of the Ukrainian regime, which, as we know from our own experience, runs roughshod over anything. It also ran roughshod on that ill-starred day over absolutely random people who had nothing to do with our conflict. But so it was necessary for the Ukrainian regime.

Over the course of five years, we see that with a lie, falsification of facts, Ukraine is trying to accuse the People’s Militia and the Russian Federation of this crime. This is an absolute lie: Ukraine has not and is absolutely unable to represent any evidence that we somehow have something to do with this.

This does not stop Ukraine even now, when President Zelensky calls for ending the conflict, to cease the hostilities. But against this background, another crime occurs – the abduction of the former militia soldier Vladimir Tsemakh. This all speaks of Ukraine’s new falsification attempts to accuse us and Russia. They will fail!” Denis Pushilin stated.

In turn, the People’s Council Chairman called for commemorating the memory of the victims and expressed hope that such a tragedy would not happen again.

“Exactly five years ago, a monstrous plane crash happened in the sky over the Donbass, in which 298 people died. Onboard there were citizens of Malaysia, the Netherlands, Australia, Great Britain and other states, among them there were many children – all of them became innocent victims of an undeclared war, which the Kiev authorities continue to this day.

Wishing to blame Russia, the international community, unfortunately, completely forgets about those people for whom the MH-17 flight was the last. Today our duty is to honour the memory of each of them. In loving memory of the dead. May it never happen again,” Vladimir Bidyovka said.

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