127 victims identified from Ukraine plane disaster

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127 victims identified from Ukraine plane disaster
A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014, after a ceremony following the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane with the first bodies of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO / ANP /REMKO DE WAAL ** Netherlands Out ** (Photo credit should read REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)
The convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrives at the Korporaal van Oudheusden Kazerne in front a crowd of people lined up along the road, on July 23, 2014 in Hilversum, the Netherlands. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands today, almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO / ANP / VINCENT JANNINK ** Netherlands Out ** (Photo credit should read VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners lay flowers at the entrance of the Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne, a military establishment where the bodies of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be examined and identified on July 23, 2014 in Hilversum. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO/ ANP/JEROEN JUMELET -NETHERLANDS OUT- (Photo credit should read JEROEN JUMELET/AFP/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander, second left, Queen Maxima, third left, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte, third right, observe a minute of silence during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After being removed from the planes, the bodies are to be taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
The convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 drives by a crowd of people lined up along the road, on July 23, 2014 near Hilversum, the Netherlands. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands today, almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO / ANP / VINCENT JANNINK ** Netherlands Out ** (Photo credit should read VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian soldiers carry coffins with the remains of a victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 23, 2014. The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands on July 23 following a sombre ceremony. The Dutch military aircraft took off from the airport in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv bound for Eindhoven after the first group of victims' remains were loaded onto the plane in wooden coffins. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After being removed from the planes, the bodies are to be taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
An aerial view taken on July 23, 2014 shows people standing on the side of the road as the convoy of hearses carrying the bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is on its way to Hilversum where the bodies will be examined. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO/ANP/JERRY LAMPEN netherlands out (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Stewards and stewardesses hold a minute's silence at Schiphol Airport on July 23, 2014, to commemorate the victims of the air crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on July 23 almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims. AFP PHOTO / ANP / OLAF KRAAK ** Netherlands Out ** (Photo credit should read OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)
The convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 drive near Hilversumafter leaving the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014, following a ceremony following the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane with the first bodies of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO /ANP/Sander KONING -NETHERLANDS OUT- (Photo credit should read Sander KONING/AFP/Getty Images)
Pallbearers carry a coffin towards a hearse during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After being removed from the planes, the bodies were taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
Deputy general director of Air France-KLM airline company Camiel Eurlings (2-L) and Chief Operating officer at KLM Pieter Elbers (3-R) stand in front of flowers laid for the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam, on July 23, 2014. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on July 23 almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims. AFP PHOTO/ANP/Sander KONING -NETHERLANDS OUT- (Photo credit should read Sander KONING/AFP/Getty Images)
People look at the flowers left in remembrance for the victims of the MH17 plane crash at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, on July 21, A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight MH17 with more than 280 passengers, including 193 Dutch passengers on board crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July. A chorus of Kremlin-friendly media declared today that the truth about what happened to the Malaysian jet would likely never be found out, accusing the West of heaping the blame on Russia.AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN Netherlands out (Photo credit should read ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The convoy of hearse carrying the bodies of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrives at Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne, a military establishment where the bodies will be examined and identified on July 23, 2014 in Hilversum. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO/ ANP/JEROEN JUMELET -NETHERLANDS OUT- (Photo credit should read JEROEN JUMELET/AFP/Getty Images)
A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014, after a ceremony following the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane with the first bodies of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO / ANP /REMKO DE WAAL ** Netherlands Out ** (Photo credit should read REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view taken on July 23, 2014 shows people standing on the side of the road as the convoy of hearses carrying the bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is on its way to Hilversum where the bodies will be examined. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO/ANP/JERRY LAMPEN netherlands out (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drive past flags fluying at half-mast while leaving the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014, after a ceremony following the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane with the first bodies of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. AFP PHOTO / ANP / VALERIE KUYPERS ** Netherlands Out ** (Photo credit should read VALERIE KUYPERS/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on July 24, 2014 shows flowers laying at the Schiphol airport in tribute of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines' flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine. The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that was downed over Ukraine were flown back on July 23 to the Netherlands where a national day of mourning had been declared. Dozens more bodies from the crash site are set to arrive in the Netherlands today, as the EU prepares to hit Russia with fresh sanctions. AFP PHOTO / ANP / REMKO DE WAAL ** Netherlands out ** (Photo credit should read REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch authorities say they have identified 127 victims from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine.

Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine last month, killing all 298 aboard. With fighting between pro-Russia separatist rebels and Ukrainian forces ongoing near the crash site, victims' remains were gathered and sent to the Netherlands for identification.

The Justice Ministry said Thursday the identified victims' families have been notified.

One of the Netherlands' top prosecutors has said he hopes those responsible for downing the plane will one day face trial in the Netherlands.

In remarks confirmed by his office, chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said he expects the case will take years to build.

The Netherlands and other countries have launched criminal investigations, and jurisdiction is not clear.


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