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MH17 Close to 500 people flooded the roads near the embassies of Russia, Ukraine and also the United Nations office in Kuala Lumpur today in a BN-organised demonstration to seek justice for the victims of the MH17 tragedy.

Clad in black t shirts which read "Justice 4 MH17", the protestors also included members of several NGOs including right-wing NGO Perkasa.

 

They chanted "we want justice" while carrying placards which read "MH17 became a victim of Balkan war" among others.

The three separate delegations to deliver memoranda to the two embassies and the UN today was led by Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun.

Outside the Russian embassy at Jalan Tun Razak, Khairul demanded for the perpetrators responsible for downing Flight MH17 to face justice.

However, a small argument broke out as the Russian embassy refused to accept the memorandum.

Khairul, accompanied by five others, had approached the embassy gate asking to see Russian ambassador Lyudmila G Vorobyeva.

However, an embassy official brushed them off, stating: "The ambassador has explained everything, you can watch on television tomorrow morning."

This was in reference to Vorobyeva's press conference this morning.

At this, Khairul replied: "We are only six, please show some respect to the dead (on board Flight MH17" but the embassy official rebutted: "I will not discuss anything with you".

The embassy official then asked that the memorandum be passed over from under the gates to which Khairul refused.

The official finally relented after some 20 minutes of argument and came out to receive the memorandum while police asked journalists to move across the road.

In the memorandum addressed to the Vorobyeva, Khairul demanded that Russia shed light on its claims that MH17 deviated from its flight path.

'Clarify remarks'

 

"We call upon Russia to clarify remarks that claim MH17 had deviated from its flight path and in the absence of concrete proof, channel all its efforts to help independent, international investigators," the memorandum read.

 

At the Ukraine embassy in Jalan Tun Razak, Khairul demanded that Ukraine treat all countries involved "equally" in the crisis, following statements that the Netherlands will lead the investigation.

 

"We are equally affected by the crash and we demand Malaysia be given a leadership role as well," he said in the memorandum.

 

Youth chiefs of MIC and MCA accompanied Khairul in handing over the memorandum.

 

The protest lasted more than 40 minutes at the Ukrainian embassy.

Ukraine's ambassador to Malaysia, Imor V Hummenyi, received the memorandum from the delegation at the Ukrainian embassy.

 

In the other memorandum addressed to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, Khairul asked the UN Security Council to come up with a "strongly worded resolution backed up with actions and implications".

 

In all the three memorandums, Khairul ( below, holding paper ) demanded that three parties ensure safe passage to the crash site, ensure evidence is preserved, and a full independent investigation of the tragedy.

 

The group first went to the Russian embassy at 2pm, then headed to the UN office, before arriving at the Ukranian embassy at 3.25pm. 

 

Yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced that an agreement had been reached with the separatists who control the region where the plane has crashed to safely return the bodies collected from the site and also the black boxes.

 

They have been handed over to Malaysian authorities earlier today.

 

So far, it has not been established as to which side - pro-Russian separatists or the Ukranian military - had shot down the plane in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine.

 

Both sides have blamed each other, while there is growing international pressure on Russia president Vladimir Putin to exert his influence on the separatists.

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