- POSTED: 19 Jul 2014 16:11
- UPDATED: 19 Jul 2014 23:21
In the aftermath of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, residents of Ukraine's capital city have created a spontaneous memorial at the Dutch embassy.
KIEV: In the aftermath of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, residents of Ukraine's capital city have created a spontaneous memorial at the Dutch embassy.
More than half of the people aboard the flight were from the Netherlands.
Residents began showing up at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev shortly after hearing the news that MH17 had crashed. While many wanted to talk, they feared using their full names in this politically charged climate.
Natalia, a Kiev resident, said: "It's really not something that should happen in the peaceful world. We're living in the 20th century and this is something incredible."
Kiev residents didn't know how else to express solidarity with the innocent victims aboard that plane, so they laid flowers and lit candles. Some local classical musicians provided a moving soundtrack to the spontaneous display.
"Almost 300 people lost their lives because of somebody's, I don't know, just because somebody wanted to have more power,” said Natalia.
Like many Ukrainians, she holds Russian president Vladimir Putin responsible for the tragic end to the plane's journey, as well as the chaos that has gripped Ukraine since pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February.
With so much of the discussion today centred on what we do and don't know about what actually happened, it's all too easy to forget the human cost, and the scene in Kiev is a painful reminder of just how tragic that is.
George from Kiev said the he wants Europe and the US to help Ukraine, but he doesn't quite know how at this point. But he fears the Ukrainian people have been backed into a corner.
"This must end. People live in hard times, no jobs, no hopes,” he said.
While people came to the memorial to grieve and not to rally against the separatists, the anger bubbling underneath the surface was apparent.
Natalia said: "This is not your country. This is our country, we're Ukrainians and we love this country and nobody had any troubles before the people started to make all the actions, starting from Crimea."
But for now, the world can only wait to see what further evidence emerges out of the wreckage in a rural corner of Eastern Ukraine -- wreckage that has left people across many continents grieving forpeople who had nothing to do with the conflict in Ukraine, in the first place.