Netherlands Mourns MH17 Victims, Unites in Prayer ‘for Strength’

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Worshipers at church services across the Netherlands prayed Sunday for the victims of the MH17 air disaster and their next of kin, as anger built over the separatist rebels' hindering of the investigation. The chairman of the Dutch Bishops Conference, Cardinal Wim Eijk, called on church-goers to "pray for strength and courage for the relatives" at services.

Amid the grieving, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is pushing for Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence over the rebels in eastern Ukraine to ensure a full investigation into the tragedy that killed 298 passengers and crew, including 193 Dutch citizens. Rutte angrily condemned the rebels Saturday evening for interfering with the wreckage and bodies in Ukraine. "This is totally disgusting. It is also serious because it undermines the investigation," he said.

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- The Associated Press