by James ONeill, New Eastern Outlook:
On 17 July 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and traversing Ukrainian territory when it was shot down by a missile fired from within Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew on board were killed. Dutch victims represented the largest single group, followed by Malaysians and Australian citizens and residents.
At that time of the tragedy the airline was passing over an area of Ukraine that was experiencing fighting between dissident residents of two Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine and forces of the Ukraine government. It is important in the context of this tragedy to bear in mind that the lawfully elected Ukraine government had been overthrown in an American organized and financed coup d’état in February of that year.