The grieving father of a 17-year-old Dutch girl killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash has written a letter to those responsible for shooting down the airplane.
"Thank you very much Mr. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, separatist leaders or the Ukrainian government, for murdering my dear and only child," Hans de Borst wrote in the letter about his daughter Elsemiek. It was published by Dutch media on Monday, reports NDTV.
"Suddenly she's gone. Shot out of the sky in a foreign war-torn country," said de Borst. "Elsemiek was going to finish school next year with her best friends Julia and Marine, and she was doing well. She wanted to study civil engineering at Delft University, and she was really excited."
"I hope that you're proud to have destroyed her young life and that you can look at yourself in the mirror. I hope that you will read this message soon, maybe translated into English (which you, as intelligent men, can read)," he continued.
He ended the letter directly: "Thanks again!"
The flight MH17 crash took the lives of all 298 people on board, including 193 Dutch citizens. Though the official cause is undetermined, it is widely believed the plane was shot down by a missile. The Ukrainian government has blamed pro-Russian separatists for firing the missile. But Russia is saying that the Ukrainian government is responsible for shooting down the plane.
The bodies of the crash victims are being relocated from the crash site to the Netherlands after the separatists reached an agreement with the Malaysian prime minister to have the bodies given to authorities in the Netherlands.
The Boeing 777 was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It crashed close to the city of Donetsk.