Sad journey begins for children of MH17 victims

CHILDREN of Toowoomba MH17 crash victims Dr Roger and Dr Jill Guard have flown to the Netherlands to bring their parents home.

Son Paul Guard and his brother David flew out of Australia yesterday to begin the repatriation of their parents who were killed when their flight was shot out of the air over eastern Ukraine in July.

Dr Guard yesterday reflected on his emotions just before taking off.

"(I am) extremely sad, but hopeful that it will be a helpful part of the healing process," Dr Guard said.

He said his parents' bodies were scheduled to arrive in Melbourne next Thursday.

The ongoing conflict in the Ukraine has been a source of great frustration for Dr Guard.

He has repeatedly called for all parties involved to maintain dialogue in search of a peaceful solution.

"I hope that an immediate ceasefire is declared.

"I hope that the Ukraine is allowed to secure its borders and some sort of peacekeeping operation is put in place while a long term political solution can be negotiated."

He said his family planned to farewell his parents in a private ceremony in Toowoomba.


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