Australians whose loved ones were among 298 killed in MH17 tragedy will attend ...

Australians whose loved ones were among 298 killed in MH17 tragedy will attend ...
Australians whose loved ones were among 298 killed in MH17 tragedy will attend ...

Australians whose loved ones perished when MH17 was shot down will relive their devastating heartbreak at an upcoming trial.

Sunday marks seven years since the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down by a BUK missile fired by Russian-backed separatists over eastern Ukraine.

The plane on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and exploded and crashed, killing all 298 on board, including 38 Australian residents. 

Three Russians and a Ukrainian citizen, all suspected of having key roles in the separatist forces, are facing trial, which resumes in the Netherlands in September.

All four have denied any involvement.

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Australia's Foreign Affairs Department provided assistance to victims' families who want to attend or participate in the trial being heard in the District Court of The Hague.

Perth youngsters Evie (left) Mo and Otis Maslin (pictured) were on were on their way home with their grandfather Nick Norris, 68, when the MH17 was shot down

Perth youngsters Evie (left) Mo and Otis Maslin (pictured) were on were on their way home with their grandfather Nick Norris, 68, when the MH17 was shot down

It's been seven years since Perth aerospace engineer Fatima Dyczynski's life was cut short

It's been seven years since Perth aerospace engineer Fatima Dyczynski's life was cut short

Frankie Davison and her husband, Liam were also caught in the tragedy

Frankie Davison and her husband, Liam were also caught in the tragedy

The federal government is yet to confirm how many Australian relatives will address the trial, The West Australian reported. 

But victims' families who relive their heartbreak won't get to face the four men being tried in absentia due to Russia's refusal to extradite them.

The hearings will also consider claims for damages by 299 relatives of the victims.

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Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne released a joint statement with her counterparts from Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine to remember the MH17 victims on Sunday.

'We... whose countries comprise the Joint Investigation Team, today mark the seventh anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, resulting in the tragic deaths of 298 passengers and crew members,' the statement read.

'Our thoughts remain with those who perished on board, their families and loved ones.'

Shaliza Dewal (left), 45, and her Dutch husband Hans Van Den Hende (centre) were travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with their three children, Piers, 15, (top right) and Marnix, 12, (top back) and daughter Margaux, 8, (top centre)

Shaliza Dewal (left), 45, and her Dutch husband Hans Van Den Hende (centre) were travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with their three children, Piers, 15, (top right) and Marnix, 12, (top back) and daughter Margaux, 8, (top centre)

Albert Rizk (pictured) died in the MH17 tragedy

His wife Marie Rizk was also killed

Melbourne couple Albert and Marie Rizk (pictured) were among the 38 Australian residents killed

Malaysian Airlines plane MH 17 was shot down by a BUK missile fired by Russian-backed separatists over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Pictured is the smouldering debris

Malaysian Airlines plane MH 17 was shot down by a BUK missile fired by Russian-backed separatists over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Pictured is the smouldering debris

'While nothing can bring back those who lost their lives, or diminish the anguish and grief suffered by the family members, it is imperative that we remain steadfast in our commitment to pursuing truth, justice and accountability. 

'We acknowledge the cooperation of our respective investigative agencies and reiterate our full support for their efforts to establish the truth of what happened. 

'We also have full confidence in the independent, open and impartial criminal proceedings against the alleged perpetrators.

'We reiterate our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the downing of Flight MH17.'

The trial previously heard that distinctively-shaped steel fragments from BUK missiles matched missiles recovered from the cockpit of the plane. 

Phone conversations allegedly carried out between the accused four men were also played in court. 

'Experts have stated that the impact on the hull [of the plane] is compatible with a Buk missile system and a Buk warhead,' Judge Hendrik Steenhuis told the

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