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The fatal crash of MH 17 in the Ukraine has claimed the lives of 298 passengers, 7 are believed to be from Western Australia.
There were allegations that the civilian plane was shot down by Pro-Russian Rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Both Ukrainian and Pro-Russian rebels have denied responsibility for shooting down the plane.
Ukraine Prime Minister demanded an independent investigation. Interestingly, Rebel commander Igor Strelkov tweeted earlier…
“We did warn you — do not fly in our sky,” Commander Girkin tweeted.
The post was later deleted from his account after the civilian plane crashed.
This is not an accident – PM
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten paid their tributes to the victim’s families this morning in Federal Parliament.
Mr Abbott demanded an international investigation into the crash and said those responsible should face justice.
“Our hearts go out to the families of all the dead, our thoughts and prayers especially are with the families of the Australian dead,” Mr Abbott said.
“We can’t restore them to life, but we can and will do everything to support them in this sad and bitter time, because that’s the Australian way.”
This news that we woke up to this morning is worst than shocking,” Mr Shorten said.
“It is debilitating, bewildering with bewildering losses. Travelling at six miles height, this is unimaginable. This violation of the rules of civilization. It’s a terranicle wild act.”
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the tragedy is worst than shocking.
“This news that we woke up to this morning is worse than shocking; it is debilitating, bewildering, with bewildering losses,” Mr Shorten said.
“Travelling at six miles height, this is unimaginable. This is a violation of the rules of civilisation. It is a tyrannical, wild act.”
The Prime Minister has instructed the Australian flag to be lowered to half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to the victims and families of MH17.
He will attend a church service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Syndey this Sunday with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.
A National Commemorative Service will be held at a later date.
Shock Waves in WA.
West Australia Premier Colin Barnett has released a statement about the crash.
The news that 7 West Australians were among the victims of the plane crash, has shocked and horrified Mr Barnett.
“At this stage reports do seem to indicate that the plane was shot down by terrorists and, if so, this is a truly unspeakable and incomprehensible act,” Mr Barnett said.
“On behalf of all West Australians, I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the families of all the victims and, in particular, the West Australian families involved.”
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