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Hans De Borst, MH17 Victim's Father, Pens Open-Letter 'Thanking' Putin For 'Murder Of My Dear And Only Child'

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Elsemiek de Borst died in the attack on flight MH17
Elsemiek de Borst died in the attack on flight MH17

A Dutch father grieving the loss of his only child has penned a distraught open-letter to Vladimir Putin, detailing the life he envisioned for his 17-year-old daughter. Elsemiek de Borst died in the attack on flight MH17 last week, one of 298 passengers that perished over Ukrainian countryside.

Over the weekend, her father Hans de Borst, wrote the missive, which has been widely shared online, in which he told the Russian leader of how his daughter wanted to become an engineer.

De Borst's letter starts: "Mr. Putin, Many thanks to the Separatist leaders of Ukrainian government for the murder of my dear and only child, Elsemiek," adding: "Elsemiek would next year take her final exam, along with her best friends Julia and Marina, and she did well in school. She then wanted to go to TU Delft to study engineering, and she was looking forward to it! She is suddenly no more! From the air she was shot in a foreign country where a war is going on."

"Gentlemen of the above, I hope you're proud of including her and her young life was shot up too, and you can look in the mirror!" The letter concludes: "Thanks again. Sincerely, Elsemiek's father, Hans de Borst from Monster, whose life is ruined."

According to the Telegraph, Elsemiek was travelling to Malaysia for a holiday with her mother, brother and stepfather. On Monday, separatists finally agreed to release the bodies of the victims, which had been stored in a refrigerated train close to the crash site for several days.

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    A pro-Russia rebel guards a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine.
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    Alexander Hug (C), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine.
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    Alexander Hug (C), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, visits a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine.
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    Ukrainian rescue workers collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
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    A group of Ukrainian miners assist rescue workers in the search for bodies of victims in a wheat field at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 18, 2014.
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    Ukrainian rescue workers collect the bodies of victims in a wheat field at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
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    Bodies of victims wrapped in bags wait to be collected by rescuers on the side of the road at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
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    Ukrainian rescue workers collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.
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    Ukrainian rescue workers search for bodies at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014.
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    Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees search for bodies amongst the wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014.
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    Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.
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    Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.
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    Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.
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    Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.
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    The bodies of victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 await collection by the side of the road near the crash site on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.
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    The bodies of victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 await collection by the side of the road near a piece of the airplane on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.

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