Finnish heads offer condolences on demise of Malaysian Airlines flight

Finnish heads of state and government have conveyed their condolences to the families of the victims who perished when a Malaysian Airlines flight was gunned down over eastern Ukraine Thursday.

Malaysia airlines MH17 -koneen siipi. Image: Yle

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Alexander Stubb have offered their condolences to those affected by the loss of life aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine yesterday, allegedly by pro-Russian separatists.

Niinistö said he offered his deepest condolences on his own behalf as well as on behalf of the people of Finland to the families and loved ones of the victims. The written message was sent to the Malaysian Prime Minister as well as to the King of the Netherlands.

Stubb: "Tremendous loss of life"

Meanwhile Prime Minister Alexander Stubb also commiserated with the heads of the two countries in a written missive.

"The incident has shocked us all very deeply. There has been tremendous loss of life. We offer our condolences to the representatives of the different nationalities for the victims’ relatives and friends in their grief. This tragedy has particularly touched our Dutch friends," Stubb wrote.

Stubb also called for all parties to immediately launch a thorough and independent investigation into the events in eastern Ukraine.