ROZSYPNE, Ukraine – As the world mourns the deaths of people aboard Malaysia Flight 17 shot down by a powerful missile over Ukraine territory held by pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine on Thursday, photos of memorials and information is being released identifying some of the people who perished.
Three infants perished in the crash prompting Ukraine to launch a verbal attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing him of having blood on his hands. The remarks came after a horrific photo that was published of a dead baby among the wreckage. A Ukraine senior government adviser posted the photo along with a message to Putin saying, “This baby’s death is on your conscience, damn you for centuries!”
The image of the baby was published after learning that at least 80 children were among the 298 killed when flying at a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet and being struck by a BUK anti-aircraft launcher that was seen making its way into the town just hours before the crash.
Among those killed were Nick Norris, 68, from Perth Australia flying with his three grandchildren Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis Maslin, eight. Norris decided to take his grandchildren back to Australia in time for school while the children’s parents remained in Amsterdam for an extra few days while on vacation.
Global shock and outrage by leaders around the globe aren't holding back their anger over the intentional downing of the Malaysia jet with mounting evidence that it was pro-Russian rebels who shot it down.
As rescue workers and police officials are looking through sunflower fields where the Malaysia plane went down trying to recover the bodies on the ill-fated flight, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko is stressing that the investigation on the ground needs to be “thorough and transparent” allowing experts to survey the wreckage.
Other world leaders are demanding an “unimpeded” international probe into the tragedy saying those who are responsible will be held accountable.
Identification of Victims:
Quinn Lucas Schansman, a dual U.S.-Dutch citizen, is the only American confirmed killed aboard Flight MH17. Quinn's Facebook page shows he was dating Floor van Dranen, who posted loving pictures of her with her boyfriend on Thursday after learning he had been killed.
Australian teacher Francesca Davison and her husband Liam were returning home from a holiday in Europe
Joep Lange was among the most eminent of up to 100 Aids researchers and activists travelling to a conference on the plane
Glenn Thomas, a former journalist and WHO media relations coordinator, was travelling to the Aids conference.
Flight Attendant Nur Shazana Mohd Salleh was a happy person who had a feeling this month was special.
Yuli Hastini and John Paulisen and their two young children were on their way to pay their respects at Yuli's mother's grave.
Dutch senator. The politician was on the flight with his wife and daughter.
Talented: Indiana University student and rowing team member Karlijn Keijzer died on flight MH17
Confirmed death toll so far:
• Netherlands: 189
• Malaysia: 44 (including 15 crew)
• Australian: 27
• Indonesia: 12
• UK: 10
• Germany: 4
• Belgium: 4
• Philippines: 3
• Canada: 1
• New Zealand: 1
• American: 1
• Unverified: 2