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Australia's Abbott: Ukraine crash was murder

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Photo - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, speak as they walk to a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Abbott and Rutte met Monday to discuss repatriation of Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster and to examine possibilities for prosecuting the persons responsible for downing the civilian plane in eastern Ukraine on July 17. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, speak as they walk to a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Abbott and Rutte met Monday to discuss repatriation of Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster and to examine possibilities for prosecuting the persons responsible for downing the civilian plane in eastern Ukraine on July 17. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott, has said the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine was mass murder.

On a visit to the Netherlands to discuss the disaster with Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, Abbott laid a wreath at the military barracks where victims' remains are being identified.

"Let's be absolutely crystal clear about what happened," he said after meeting Rutte in The Hague. "Two-hundred-ninety-eight innocent people were murdered."

Flight 17 was shot down July 17, killing all 298 people aboard, mostly Dutch, Malaysian and Australian citizens.

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have publicly denied responsibility but one top rebel has told The Associated Press they were involved.

A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the plane's destruction is still in an evidence-gathering phase.

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