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I don't hate my parents' killers, but at last the MH17 truth may be told

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It is almost five years since we heard the terrible news that my much-loved parents, Jill and Roger, had been killed in the MH17 tragedy. I miss them every day, and of course we wonder what life would have been like if they had not been taken from us too soon. Nothing will bring them back, so what does it mean to get justice for them, or as many people have asked me, what will bring "closure"?

One family's tragedy ... Paul Guard and wife Jessie Wells, centre, with Paul's parents, MH17 victims Roger and Jill Guard, flanking this family portrait. Also photographed are Jill's mother, Joan Craik, Paul's brother David and sister Amanda and her husband Bevan Koopman, and, in Jill's arms, grandson Kai Koopman.Credit:Picasa

The announcement this week of charges against four individuals for the murder of 298 people on board MH17 is an important step in what has already been a very long investigation. For many families, the announcement of a start date for a criminal trial will be a relief, and hopefully the evidence will be sufficient to convince doubters and conspiracy theorists that the joint investigation team has correctly established the facts of what happened on July 17, 2014.

Personally, I have always blamed the conflict itself for causing the tragedy. It appears likely that the tragedy was a terrible mistake, that nobody intended to shoot down a passenger plane, it was a........

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