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  • 24 July 2014, 18:16

MH17 Parents Living In 'Hell Beyond Hell'

The parents of three children who were killed in the MH17 attack have described how they are living in a "hell beyond hell" in a heartbreaking statement.

Anthony Maslin and mother Marite Norris from Perth in Western Australia also released a photograph of their three smiling children, Mo Maslin, 12, his 10-year-old sister Evie, and eight-year-old brother Otis.

The children's father directed the statement at soldiers in Ukraine, politicians, the media, and friends and family.

"Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell," he said.

"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."

The crash also claimed the life of the children's grandfather Nick Norris, who was travelling back to Australia after a holiday with them.

They were among 27 Australian citizens and residents killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Mr and Mrs Maslin, who were speaking as investigators prepared to examine a second black box from the airliner, went on: "No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other.

"This is a revelation that gives up some comfort."

They thanked family and friends for support and urged the media to respect their privacy.

An international team in Hampshire has already begun to analyse the cockpit voice recorder, which would reveal if pilots knew a missile was heading toward the Kuala Lumpur-bound Boeing 777-200.

The separate flight data recorder should indicate any differences in the speed and pitch of the jet after the explosion in the air.