In pictures: Belarusians bring flowers to Dutch embassy in Minsk to commemorate victims of Malaysia plane crash in Ukraine

Belarusians brought flowers to the embassy of the Netherlands in Minsk on Friday in commemoration of the Dutch victims of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine.

A surface-to-air missile fired from a war-torn stretch of Ukraine blew the airliner out of the sky on Thursday afternoon, killing all 298 people aboard.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft was cruising at 33,000 feet on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed near the Russian border.

Ukrainian authorities insist that the plane was shot down by a powerful Russian Buk missile over an area held by pro-Russian rebels.

154 Dutch nationals reportedly perished in the crash. // BelaPAN