July 21, 2014 11:02 am

Queen’s Park holds moment of silence for victims of MH17

TORONTO – The Ontario legislature held a moment of silence today to remember the victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.

A 24-year-old medical student from Ajax, east of Toronto, was among nearly 300 people who were killed Thursday when the flight was shot down over Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials say the plane was shot down by a mobile missile battery from a pro-Russian, rebel-controlled area in eastern Ukraine.

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They say the rocket launcher was supplied from Russia and operated by Russian personnel.

Pressure has been growing on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in the insurgents in Ukraine and allow a full-scale investigation.

The United States and others say Russia backed and armed the rebels, but Russia has denied backing the separatists.

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