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MOSCOW, July 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Muscovites bring flowers to the building of the Embassy of the Netherlands in the Russian capital as a sign of solidarity over the tragic crash of a passenger airliner crash in east Ukraine on Thursday night.
Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, when it crashed near Ukraine’s embattled eastern Donetsk Region, killing all 298 people on board. Most of the passengers were Dutch.
Bunches of roses and other flowers are laid along the front of the diplomatic mission’s building along with lit candles, stuffed toys and letters of condolences.
The flow of those wishing to express their sympathies is ceaseless, and every two or three minutes someone would leave flowers or a stuffed toy at the walls of the embassy.
The Malaysian Transportation Ministry also stated in its press release that the killed passengers in the crash were citizens of the Netherlands (154), Malaysia (45), Australia (27), Indonesia (12), the United Kingdom (9), Germany (4), Belgium (4), the Philippines (3), Canada (1). Nationalities of 41 more passengers are still to be verified, according the ministry.
Earlier reports cited the figure of 295 people killed in the crash, however, it turned out later that three infants were unaccounted for on the tragic flight.
“As opposed to the earlier statement, the flight was carrying a total number of 298 people - comprising 283 passengers including three infants of various nationalities and 15 crew of Malaysian nationality,” the Malaysian Transportation Ministry said in its press release.