Mourners have been gathering on a hillside in Ukraine, the site of Tuesday’s plane crash which claimed 171 lives. Relatives of those who died remembered their loved ones, as the grim task of identifying the victims goes on. Most of those on board were Russians travelling from the Black Sea resort of Anapa to St Petersburg. Forty five children were among the dead.
Ukraine has cancelled much of its Independence Day festivities. And in Russia, a national day of mourning has been held. Religious services have taken place across the country, flags are being flown at half-mast. Stormy weather conditions are being cited as the possible cause of the tragedy, but nothing will be known for sure until the plane’s black boxes have been examined. That could take up to six weeks.