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Relatives of MH17 victims seek EU help in getting radar data

  • FILE- In this Friday, July 17, 2015 file photo, people stand with Orthodox crosses and icons as they attend a memorial service at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. In an open letter Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine say they are appealing to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov, File)

    FILE- In this Friday, July 17, 2015 file photo, people stand with Orthodox crosses and icons as they attend a memorial service at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. In an open letter Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine say they are appealing to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Tuesday, March 3, 2015 file photo, journalists take images of parts of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 displayed in a hangar at Gilze-Rijen airbase, Netherlands. In an open letter Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine say they are appealing to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    FILE- In this Tuesday, March 3, 2015 file photo, journalists take images of parts of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 displayed in a hangar at Gilze-Rijen airbase, Netherlands. In an open letter Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine say they are appealing to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Friday, July 17, 2015 file photo, people stand with Orthodox crosses and icons as they attend a memorial service at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. In an open letter Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine say they are appealing to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov, File)

    FILE- In this Friday, July 17, 2015 file photo, people stand with Orthodox crosses and icons as they attend a memorial service at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. In an open letter Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine say they are appealing to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov, File)  (The Associated Press)

Frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine are appealing to the European Union's top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators.

An international team of investigators is seeking to file criminal charges against those responsible for the downing.

In an open letter Wednesday, relatives say, "For us, as concerned families, it is very important that the perpetrators will face justice."

Flight MH17, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a Soviet-era Buk surface-to-air missile on July 17, 2014, above conflict-torn Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew onboard were killed.

A spokesman for the investigation declined to comment on progress in the probe.