Couple penned heartbreaking statement about the loss of their children
Described their lives  since the crash as ‘a hell beyond hell’
Three kids Mo, Evie and Otis were on board MH17 with grandad Nick Norris
Earlier this week their father took indefinite leave from his job
The devastated parents attended a tribute to their children on Sunday


Parents of the three Australian children who were aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with their grandfather when it went down over east Ukraine last week have broken their silence.

In a heartbreaking statement, Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris have described the pain of losing their three children Mo, Evie and Otis, and Marite’s father Nick, as ‘intense and relentless.’

‘We live in a hell beyond hell. Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives,’ the statement read.

Evie, Mo, and Otis Maslin were on board flight MH17 with their grandfather Nick when it was shot down over Ukraine last week

The devastated parents maintain that no one should experience the sheer agony that they are experiencing, ‘Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.’

Anthony and Marite thanked their family and friends who had surrounded them with love since the tragedy, and reminded people that the love for their family is stronger than any hate in the world.

The statement can be read in full below.


A message to the soldiers in the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family.

Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell.
Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.
No one deserves what we are going through.
Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.
No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.
No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other.
This is a revelation that gives us some comfort.

We would ask everyone to remember this when you are making any decisions that affect us and the other victims of this horror.

So far, every moment since we arrived home, we’ve been surrounded by family and friends. We desperately pray that this continues, because this expression of love is what is keeping us alive. We want to continue to know about your lives, all the good and all the bad. We no longer have lives that we want to live by ourselves. So we’d like to take the chance to thank everyone, all our incredible friends, family and communities, and to tell you all that we love you very much.

We would also like to thank the people at DFAT; the local coordinator Claire and most sincerely, Diana and Adrian from The Hague, without whom we would not be here. We ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and friends – pain is not a story.

Yours truly

Anthony Maslin & Marite Norris.

Earlier this week, it was announced the children’s father had taken indefinite leave from his job as head of Buxton Resources.

A brief statement from the Perth-based mining company on Monday said Anthony Maslin was taking personal leave from his job as managing director.

Mr Maslin and his wife Rin returned to Perth at the weekend from Amsterdam, where they had farewelled their three children on the ill-fated flight last Thursday.

The children, Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis, eight, boarded MH17 with their grandfather Nick Norris so they could return to Australia from their European holiday in time to start school this week.

Mr Maslin and Ms Norris had planned to stay on in Amsterdam for a few more days after their children left. The family was meant to be reunited on Monday.

Ms Norris’s father, Nick Norris, was a government consultant who formally worked as a school principal.

The Maslin children’s devastated parents flew home on Saturday and attended a public tribute for their children at Mo’s junior football club on Sunday.

The Scarborough Sea Eagles Year 7 team played without Mo Maslin, their star forward pocket who had planned on being there for his first game back from his European holiday.

Club President Steve Cross said the whole family would attend Mo’s games together and were ‘very popular’ in the community.

‘Being a parent, it really hits home to you. Things in life don’t seem so bad when you see things like this,’ Mr Cross told the Courier Mail.

‘My heart goes out to Maz (Anthony) and Rin, how do they cope from now on?’ Coach Troy Ramshaw told the publication.

12-year-old Mo had played for the football club for three years. His teammates held a minute’s silence to remember their friend.

Green, yellow and black balloons – football club’s team colours – were released into the air as part of a tribute to the three cherished children and their beloved grandfather.

The three children and their grandfather were among 298 people who died when MH14 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Mr Norris is survived by his wife Lindy, their four adult children and surviving grandchildren.



No wonder their country is falling apart: Ukraine parliament erupts into mass brawl as nationalists and separatists trade blows on the floor

Brawl sparked by a decision to send more troops to battle separatists
Politicians were seen charging at one another and swinging wildly
The fight comes as tensions continue over the MH17 disaster

Ukraine’s parliament erupted into a brawl yesterday after a decision to send more reserve soldiers to battle separatists near the Russian border was approved.

Nationalist and pro-Russian lawmakers were seen swinging at, and wrestling one another, in scenes more fitting of a bar room brawl than a debating chamber.

Members of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party and politicians from the Party of Regions clashed after 232 deputies voted in favour of the decision – an extension of an earlier plan that had expired.

Nationalist and pro-Russian lawmakers came to blows after a decision to send more reserve soldiers to battle separatists near the Russian border was approved
The politicians could be seen taking swings at one another and trying to wrestle each other to the ground

Fighting continues in the separatist-controlled Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. In the nearby Lukansk region, the national military has reportedly made some gains against pro-Russian militants, the Moscow Times reported.

This is not the first time fists have flown in the Ukranian parliament. In April, a fight broke out after communist leader Petro Symonenko accused nationalists of having surrendered the country to Russia.

The fights come as tensions continue over the handling of last Thursday’s MH17 crisis which claimed 298 lives – including 10 Britons.

While the first bodies of those killed in the crash arrived in the Netherlands today, there was fresh anguish amongst grieving relatives as it emerged that as many as a third of the passengers could still be missing

The politicians had to be pulled apart after charging at one another and trying to get each other in a head lock

Yesterday, 200 bodies were released by the rebels and taken by train to the Ukrainian government-controlled city of Kharkiv, raising questions about the condition of the remaining 98.

Rebel commanders claimed the makeshift morgue contained 282 bodies and 87 body parts from an additional 16 people.

This would have accounted for all of the passengers killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile, however, after carrying out a body count last night, Dutch forensic experts found the number to be ‘significantly less’.

The head of the Dutch team leading the investigation, Jain Tuinder, said he estimated just 200 bodies had arrived in Kharkiv as well as a number of unidentified body parts.

Dutch air safety officials leading the investigation into the disaster also said today that they still had not got safe access to the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

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This Is The Former Russian Military Officer Who Might Be Behind The Shooting Of MH17

A retired Russian military officer is suspected of being involved in the attack that downed a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

Igor Girkin, who is also known by his pseudonym Igor Strelkov, has been called “one of the most powerful separatist figures in eastern Ukraine.” He’s a Russian citizen from Moscow and has declared himself the Minister of Defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), according to Radio Free Europe.

The Ukrainian government says Strelkov is a covert agent of Russia’s GRU military intelligence. In documents posted on separatist websites he has asked Russia to provide military assistance to the DPR.

Strelkov is a veteran of both the Soviet and Russian armies, according to Reuters.

A Reuters article from May describes Strelkov as “the top Russian operative in the separatist east:”

He moves through the streets in a black Mercedes, his face with pencil moustache hidden behind tinted windows, and his aim is to “destroy” Ukrainian forces that venture onto his territory.

In a leaflet distributed in the rebel Donetsk region, “Colonel Igor Strelkov” assumed command of all rebel forces there and called for Russian army help to ward off what he calls the threat from the Kiev “junta” and from NATO.

Strelkov’s history and his powerful position within the separatist movement in the east could be taken as proof that Russia is assisting or even coordinating the separatist uprising.

Russia denies this, but in a news conference on Friday, President Barack Obama said that the separatists “have received a steady flow of support from Russia,” and Ukraine’s government claims that Strelkov has been taking orders from Moscow.

Strelkov was reportedly present during the Russian annexation of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine in March. He then moved to eastern Ukraine as the situation in that part of the country escalated.

Before he came to Ukraine, Strelkov was involved in conflicts in Yugoslavia and Chechnya, according to the BBC.

Russian media claims that he used to work for the Russian Federal Security Service within the Directorate for Combating International Terrorism.

But in April, the European Union put Strelkov on its sanctions list and described him as working for the GRU, according to Reuters.

Around the time the Malaysia Airlines plane went down, Strelkov posted a statement on Russia’s largest social network that seemed to take responsibility for the attack. The post was later deleted, and it’s now widely thought that the separatists mistook the Malaysia plane for a Ukrainian aircraft.

U.S. officials have said that pro-Russian separatists fired the fatal missile, but no group has claimed responsibility so far. Nearly 300 people died in the attack.


Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner

Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine.

Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning tapped conversations among pro-Russian forces, that the separatists shot down the plane, which crashed near Grabovo, a coal-mining town in the Donetsk region. …DavidRemnick,NewYorker

Remnick goes on to describe the likely suspect, a pro-Russian military leader in eastern Ukraine, a mad-man, a nutcase, a rogue. One of Remnick’s contacts who is close to the situation “was especially concerned about one of the pro-Russian military leaders in eastern Ukraine, a former (and possibly current) Russian intelligence officer known to most by his nom de guerre, Igor Strelkov.”

(Strelkov’s real name is Igor Girkin.) A wildly messianic nationalist who cultivates an air of lumpy intrigue, Strelkov has found his way to the battlefields of Chechnya, Serbia, and Transnistria. He is now helping to run the separatist operation in Donetsk. Like the radical nationalists and neo-imperialists in Moscow, who have easy access to the airwaves these days, Strelkov has a singular point of disagreement with Putin: the Russian President hasn’t gone nearly far enough …” …DavidRemnick, NewYorker

So maybe the mad-man can force the leaders into action with an act of terrorism.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it.