Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

World

Dutch anger at treatment of bodies in Ukraine swells as king, queen prepare to meet families

Netherlands Ukraine Plane Victims -1.jpg

This undated photo provided by Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand on Sunday, July 20, 2014, shows Bryce Fredriksz, right, and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers. Fredriksz-Hoogzand, whose son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers were killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, said she was appalled their bodies and those of other victims had been left lying for days. 'I am not a politician,' she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. 'But I know for sure that Mr. Putin can do something.' Earlier, at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, she made a simple, but heart-rending appeal to the Russian President: 'Mr. Putin, send my children home,' she told Sky TV. 'Send them home. Please.' Fredriksz-Hoogzand’s son and his girlfriend were among the victims of the crash that killed 298, making this company nation of 17 million far and away the hardest hit by the tragedy. (AP Photo/Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand) (The Associated Press)

Relatives of Dutch victims killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are meeting with their king, queen and prime minister amid growing anger at the treatment of their loved ones' bodies by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

Before the meeting Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Mark Rutte briefed lawmakers about his government's response to Thursday's disaster that claimed 193 Dutch lives.

Rutte says he has made it "crystal clear" to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he must use his influence with rebels to ensure unhindered access to the crash scene for international investigators.

He says sanctions could be slapped on "those directly or indirectly responsible" for hindering the probe if access is restricted in coming days.

Rutte says "all political, economic and financial options are on the table."