17 Jul 2014

Eyewitness photos capture horror of MH17 crash in Ukraine

Nine British people are feared among the 300 dead on board a Malaysian airliner “shot down” over Ukraine. These images by Anton Skyba capture the devastation on the ground.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has called for an international investigation to establish what happened to Flight MH17 which crashed into territory held by pro-Russian separatists as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpa.

The authorities at Schiphol said that more than half the people on board – 154 – were known to be Dutch nationals. There were also six Britons, 23 Americans, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filippinos and one Canadian.

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said “no stone can be left unturned” in the effort to find out what happened.

Russian president Vladimir Putin laid the blame for the crash on Ukraine. “This tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land.”