The father of one of the victims of the MH17 crash has written an open letter to President Putin, branding him a 'Monster’ and blaming him for his 17 year-old daughters death.
Dutch schoolgirl Elsemiek de Borst, was killed whilst on holiday alongside other members of her family which included her mother, step-brother and step-father. The plane was brought down in eastern Ukraine and thought to have been brought down by a surface-to-air missile last Thursday.
Public outpouring for the victims has encapsulated the international press. Vigils have been established in many of the 38 nations that had passengers on board the doomed Boeing 777 Malaysian Airways flight.
Now the schoolgirl’s father Hans has posted a grief-stricken open letter to Hart Van Nederland explaining his daughter hopes and dreams for the future. He goes on the blame President Putin for his daughters untimely death, for taking awa his only daughter and for snubbing out the potential life should could have had.
'Elsemiek would next year take her final exam, along with her best friends Julia and Marina, and she did well in school. She then wanted to go to TU Delft to study engineering, and she was looking forward to it' he explained.
There were 193 Dutch nationals on board flight MH17, bar far the most of any of the 38 nationalities on board. The news has shocked the Netherlands and the Dutch king Willem-Alexander has publicly told of the countries ‘deep shock’ in the tragic news.
In the letter Mr de Borst writes
'Mr Putin, Many thanks to the Separatist leaders of Ukrainian government for the murder of my dear and only child, Elsemiek.'
'She is suddenly no more! From the air she was shot in a foreign country where a war is going on,'
'I hope you're proud of including her and her young life was shot up too, and you can look in the mirror.’
The Dutch have widely condemned the way the bodies have been treated, which have were open to the elements for 4 days before all 298 bodies were confirmed ‘removed’ from the site.
The man in charge of the region, Alexander Borodai has today have agreed to have the remains of 282 people, currently in Torez moved by train to Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to representatives from the Netherlands.
The remains will then be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, together with the Malaysian team. Following any necessary forensic work, the remains of Malaysian citizens will then be flown home to Malaysia.
It is also expected that the two black boxes will be handed over to a Malaysian team in Donetsk, who will take custody of them.