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MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. Leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko has laid wreaths to the memorial to victims in the Boeing crash, opened on Friday, the Donetsk News Agency reported.
The monument is a granite slab with a marble plate reading: "To memory of 298 victims. To innocent victims of Civil War."
The mourning ceremony is organized in the village of Grabovo in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic.
The unrecognized republic’s leader offered condolences to families and friends of the victims.
"Any death is a tragedy; but it is especially so, where killed are civilians," he said.
Addressing relatives of the deceived, he said: "If you like to come here to mourn over your loved ones, we promise we shall provide all security measures and will welcome you as most respected guests. The monument we are erecting today is the sign of respect to all who died in the air above our beautiful place."
Boeing-777 crashed a year ago in the Donetsk region, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members.