Canberra's Ukrainian and diplomatic communities marked the fifth anniversary of the downing of MH17 on Friday, promising never to forget the tragedy and to continue to work for justice.
Thirty-nine Australian citizens and residents were among the 298 victims when the Malaysia Airlines flight, bound for Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over eastern Ukraine, in an area controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
"Five years have passed since the tragedy, five years and we are still struggling to bring to justice those responsible for the MH17 downing which took the lives of 298 innocent people, including 80 children," said the Ukrainian embassy's Charge d'Affares Halyna Yuspiuk said.
"Five years on and we look into the eyes of the family and friends of those who are yet to hear the words of regret and recognition from the country which killed their loved ones."
The memorial was led by the most senior member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for the USA and diaspora, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, along with representatives of the Ukrainian, Greek, Catholic and orthodox churches of Canberra.
His Eminence said memorials like the one in Canberra, and others featuring sunflower seeds from the crash site, were ensuring people remembered the victims.
The Australian MH17 memorial sits in the House of Representatives formal gardens, on the edge of Parliament House, featuring soil from the crash site and bearing the names of the Australian victims.
The names were read out as part of the service, as each was commemmorated and prayed for.
Stefan Romaniw, chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, said the international community wanted someone to be held account for the crime.
"We have a responsibility, we can't forget," he said.
Dutch prosecutors have named three Russians and one Ukrainian as suspects for the attack.
Unless handed over, the trio is likely to be tried in absentia next year.