To mark the first anniversary of the MH17 air disaster over eastern Ukraine, in which 298 people died, services are being held across the globe.

A service was held at the Ukrainian village closest to where the Malaysian airliner came down.

Ceremonies are also being held in the Netherlands, which lost 193 citizens.

Family and friends of the thirty eight Australians lost in the crash gathered for a memorial service in Parliament House in Canberra.

Speaking on the occasion, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott pledged to bring to justice those who shot down plane.

Pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels are widely believed to have shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Moscow denies this, blaming Ukrainian government forces for the disaster in the eastern Donetsk region.

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