Enjoying a trip to Alaska in 2004 are (from left) Jill, Amanda, Roger, Paul and David Guard
Enjoying a trip to Alaska in 2004 are (from left) Jill, Amanda, Roger, Paul and David Guard Photo Contributed

Son of MH17 victims demands response from Russia

EVIDENCE found in the recent criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has done little to help Paul Guard come to terms with the tragedy.

Mr Guard's parents Roger and Jill Guard were among the 298 passengers and crew aboard the flight, all of whom died on July 17, 2014.

The Joint Investigation Team has presented evidence that the system used to shoot down the plane originated in Russia.

Officials said there was no doubt that the sophisticated Buk missile was fired from eastern Ukraine, an area controlled at the time by pro-Russian separatists.

Mr Gaurd said it was good to see the volume of evidence collected.

"Most of the information was already in the public domain and there is nothing exactly new but it is good to see that the investigative team have done such a thorough job at looking at exactly what happened," he said.

"What disappoints me is Russia is not responding to any of the evidence presented."

In light of the new evidence, families with loved ones on the doomed flight are calling for greater action for prosecution.

Toowoomba couple Dr Roger and Dr Jill Guard were killed in the MH17 disaster.
Toowoomba couple Dr Roger and Dr Jill Guard were killed in the MH17 disaster. Photo Contributed

"I think it is important the perpetrators are found and prosecuted but whether that happens is another thing and I think it will be hard to bring about but it is a worthwhile effort," he said.

"There are many other things to focus on, one of those being the peace process.

"I have always blamed the conflict in Ukraine but more focus needs to be had on parties fulfilling their obligations under the peace agreement.

"There needs be this focus so we make sure something like this never happens again."

He said there were still so many unanswered questions.

"There are other questions besides who pressed the button, the bigger one being why was the war going on in the first place?"

"As well as, what was the passenger plane doing in that area? Didn't they know a war was going on? And why hadn't Ukrain closed its airspace?

"They are just a number of questions that it would be good to get answers to."

Some families are also seeking damages of US$10 million.

Mr Guard said he and his two siblings weren't chasing any damages payment.

"For a lot of families it is important but it is not high on our priority list. We are more focused on making the most of a bad situation and trying to move on," he said.

"It has been tough times but we are doing the best we can. We have received so much support from everyone and especially the Toowoomba community.

"Through our donation page we have raised more than $100,000 for Medecins Sans Frontieres, Doctors Without Borders for mum and dad's memory. That is one positive to come out of it all."

If you would like to donate visit tinyurl.com/jillandroger.
 



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