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Minnesota family lost 2 relatives in Malaysia Flight 17 crash

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WILLMAR, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Minnesota family lost two relatives when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Arjen and Yvonne Ryder of Australia were among the 298 victims, according to Arjen’s brother, Drew Ryder of Willmar, Minn.

Arjen Ryder, 54, worked for the Western Australia Department of Agriculture. Yvonne Ryder, 52, was a preschool teacher.

Ryder told the Associated Press they forgive those responsible for shooting down the plane, and wishes not for revenge but rather a “change of heart” from the pro-Russian separatists accused of firing the missile and tampering with the investigation.

With families of the victims pleading for the return of their relatives’ remains, President Obama on Monday demanded international investigators be given "immediate and full access" to the crash site. Separatists have been accused of removing evidence and bodies from the area, and Obama said it’s the responsibility of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin to force cooperation with the investigation.

"What exactly are they trying to hide?” Obama asked.

The White House said last week that the missile that took down MH17 was fired from a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by the separatists.

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels took bodies of plane crash victims, loaded them onto trains

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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