Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Jon Bas­sett

PERTH’S Ukrainian com­mu­nity prays each week in May­lands for the 298 pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing 37 Aus­tralians, on Malaysian Air­lines flight MH17 shot down by a Rus­sian mis­sile two years ago over a break­away area of the east­ern Euro­pean coun­try.

“We pray for this tragedy ev­ery Sun­day, not just the an­niver­saries, but ev­ery Sun­day,” Ukrainian Catholic Pres­bytery Fa­ther Ihor Holovko said.

WA vic­tims on the Netherlands-Malaysia flight in­cluded the daugh­ter of Mos­man Park par­ents Fa­tima Dy­czyn­ski (24), and Scar­bor­ough school­child­ren Mo (12), Evie (10) and Otis Maslin (8), who were with their grand­fa­ther Nick Nor­ris (68).

Dutch-born Perth res­i­dent Dafne Vieveen was aboard, as were Kelm­scott school bur­sar Edel Ma­hady and Al­bany cou­ple Ar­jen and Yvonne Ry­der.

Last Sun­day, Fr Holovko held a re­quiem to re­mem­ber the vic­tims and fam­i­lies of the crash, and plans another on Sun­day.

Like all Aus­tralians, he said his parish­ioners were seek­ing an­swers about how the tragedy oc­curred.

“All of Ukraine feels this tragedy, and it plays into my mind per­son­ally so I seek it on the news,” Ukrainian Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mykola Mowczan said.

He said the an­niver­sary could be a time when all Aus­tralians re­flected on their con­nec­tions to the world and their role in help­ing and un­der­stand­ing its tragedies.

For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop worked with the for­eign min­is­ters of the other coun­tries to es­tab­lish the five-na­tion crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by the Dutch Min­istry of Jus­tice, which is due to re­port shortly.

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Ukraine As­so­ci­a­tion of WA pres­i­dent Mykola Mowczan and Fa­ther Ihor Holovko of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St John The Bap­tist.

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