MH17 victims’ bodies return to Netherlands in extraordinary show of respect

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP/PIX11) — The bodies of some of the Dutch victims on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine last week have arrived in their homeland.

In a silent ceremony in the Netherlands, 40 wooden coffins were each individually carried by 40 identical hearses.

These 40 victims brought home represent less than 14% of the 298 total victims.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Frans Timmermans, made an emotional plea on Monday for the help of other nations to bring Dutch victims’ bodies home.

Meanwhile in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists said they attacked two Ukrainian air force jets in the same area where the passenger plane fell.

Many Russians, however, do not share the sentiments of the separatists.

A CNN report shows Russians of all ages leaving flowers and notes at a memorial honoring MH17 victims.