July 17, 2022. On the eighth anniversary of the downing of flight MH-17 the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) joins the friends and loved ones of the 298 innocent victims of Russia’s terrorist attack in mourning, grief and solemn remembrance.
On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 was shot down over Russian-occupied territory in eastern Ukraine by a Russian Buk missile. All 298 people on board were murdered, including Canadian Andrei Anghel.
“Eight years ago, Russia shot down a plane with 298 people on board — who became victims of Russia’s war against Ukraine,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the UCC. “Today, Russia wages a genocidal war against Ukraine and threatens global security. It is far past time to call Russia what it is – a terrorist state. We call on Canada and allies to immediately designate the Russian Federation a state supporter of terrorism.”
Every day, Russia carries out heinous, cowardly missile and rocket attacks on Ukrainian cities and towns. Russia purposely murders innocent civilians and attempts to sow terror in Ukraine.
The international community must react decisively to these attacks and provide Ukraine with the weapons, materiel and economic support to defeat the Russian invader. Only with the defeat of Russia will peace and security return to the European continent.
May we never forget the victims of the MH-17 attack, and work to ensure that Russia is held accountable for its actions.
May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal. Вічная пам’ять.