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Netherlands still in shock over MH17 tragedy

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on Russian President Valdimir Putin to take responsibility for allowing access to the MH17 crash site as the Netherlands remains in shock over the tragedy.

WOERDEN: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on Russian President Valdimir Putin to take responsibility for allowing access to the MH17 crash site as the Netherlands remains in shock over the tragedy.

Mourners arrived at Minkema College in the town of Woerden bearing flowers and messages of condolence. One of the notes reads: "three lovely people are gone, it's so bad, it's so sad".

Teenagers Robert Jan and Frederique Van Zijtveld and Robin Hemelrijk were students at the college. Robert and his sister Frederique were heading to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 for a holiday with their grandparents. They had paid for the trip as a graduation gift.

All 298 people on board flight MH17 en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam died when the plane crashed near a Ukrainian village on Thursday.

As the country comes to terms with so many of its own on board flight MH17, attention is turning towards the perpetrators of the tragedy.

De Telegraaf, the country's largest newspaper, reported leading pro-Russian separatist Igor Girkin announced on social media shortly after the disaster that his soldiers had shot down a plane, believed to be passenger jet MH17.

Investigations are still ongoing, however, and Dutch officials have refrained from engaging in the blame game.

In The Hague - the administrative heart of Netherlands - embassy buildings all around the city flew their flags at half-mast as a mark of respect for those who died. Curiously, the Russian colours were not drawn at half-mast.

Rutte said Netherlands will not rest until those responsible are brought to justice, and many people in the country want those responsible to stand trial at the International Court of Justice.

It remains unclear what action is to be taken against those found responsible for the deaths of those on board flight MH17. For now, the whole of Holland is demanding answers.

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