Source: Broadcaster Omroep West, the Netherlands, 20 July 2014

The Hague — The father of Elsemiek de Borst, the 17-year-old girl from The Hague who died in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster, has written a letter to, among others, Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“Thank you very much, Mr Putin, separatist leaders, or Ukrainian government, for murdering my sweet and only child Elsemiek de Borst,” writes Hans de Borst. “She was 17, a gymnasium student at the Segbroek College in the Hague, and on her way to Malaysia for a vacation.”

Elsemiek was a passenger on board Thursday’s fateful flight to Kuala Lumpur, alongside her mother, stepfather and younger brother. “She was going to sit her final exams next year, along with her best friends Julia and Marina, and was doing well in school,” the letter says. “She wanted to study architectural engineering at the Delft University of Technology, she was tremendously looking forward to that! Suddenly she is no longer here! Blown out of the sky in a foreign country marred by war.”

“Gentleman mentioned above, I hope you are proud of how, among other things, you have blown away her young life, and that you will be able to face yourselves in the mirror tomorrow! I hope you will soon be able to read this message, perhaps translated into English (which you as intelligent men can read fine)” writes De Borst.

In closing the letter he writes: “Thanks again. Kind regards, Elsemiek’s father Hans de Borst, whose life has been ruined. P.S. Mr Putin: I hope your intense conversation with our polder PM Rutte opened your eyes!! I know you will be impressed and would find it really macho of you if you would initiate a Russian military guard for the disaster zone, so Dutch experts can investigate everything meticulously! Thanks in advance!”

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