MH17 relatives: ‘Russian gangsters killed our beloved’

Wreckage from Malaysian airlines Flight MH17

Evidence grows that Moscow missile downed Malaysian airliner

LAST UPDATED AT 08:33 ON Sat 19 Jul 2014

Grieving relatives of the 10 British victims of flight MH17 say their loved ones were killed by “Russian gangsters” in an "act of war", reports the Daily Telegraph.

The families are demanding that the airline and the aviation authorities explain why the Boeing 777 was allowed to fly over a war zone where three military aircraft had been shot down in the previous four days.

Evidence is mounting that a missile supplied by Moscow brought down the Malaysia Airlines flight. Pro-Russian separatists were trying to hit a Ukrainian military transport plane that was in the skies at the same time.

It is believed they were using a Russian-made missile system without a radar that would have identified the fateful aircraft as a passenger jet.

Meanwhile, speaking about the tragedy, US president Barack Obama described it as a “wake-up call” for Europe. He said: “In just one country alone – our great allies the Dutch – more than 150 of their citizens have been killed and that sadly brings home the degree to which the stakes are high for Europe, not simply the Ukrainian people.”

He added: “We have to be firm in our resolve in making sure that we are supporting Ukraine's efforts to bring about a just ceasefire.”

All 298 people - including 80 children - on board died when the Boeing 777 crashed on Thursday.

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