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The Prime Minister Met The Father Of An MH17 Victim And It Was Incredibly Moving

A touching footpath moment, caught on the campaign.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was campaigning on the streets of Sydney on Saturday when he was approached by a man named Serge Oreshkin.

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Serge's son had died when MH17 was shot out of the sky in 2014. He wanted to ask Turnbull about compensation for the victims of MH17. The PM stepped in and comforted him with a hug.

Serge's 29-year-old son Victor was one of the 298 people on board MH17 when it was shot down by a missile over Ukraine in July 2014.


BuzzFeed News was told Victor was a quiet, hard-working and devout young Christian, of Russian descent, who lived in Lidcombe in Sydney's West. His father had arrived in Australia in the early 1960s, as part of a wave of refugees fleeing the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

The prime minister told the media this afternoon that local Liberal MP Craig Laundy will sit down with Serge to talk about how he can be compensated.

PM says victims compensation for families of MH17 will continue + @LaundyCraigMP will sit down with Serge #ausvotes

Local MP Craig Laundy told BuzzFeed News there are a range of things, other than direct financial compensation, that the government can provide.

Also this week Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris, whose three children died aboard MH17, announced the birth of their baby daughter Violet May Maslin.

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Violet was born on Tuesday this week. Her parents said they believe they have been sent “an amazing gift”.

“Our family was torn apart when MH17 was blown out of the sky by the violent anger of a nationalist missile, on July 17, 2014,” the couple said in a statement to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“Our three innocent, beautiful and inspiring children were killed, alongside their grandfather, Nick Norris. We believe that Mo, whose 14th birthday was Saturday, Evie, 12 next week, Otis, 10 next month, and Granddad Nick have sent us an amazing gift. Violet’s birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate.”

It appears during this long eight week campaign, we can still get some unscripted moments that'll pull at the heart strings.

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Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

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