(QHA) -

The mayor of Dutch city of Hilversum, Pieter Broertjes, in a radio interview on Wednesday morning called for 29-year-old Maria Putin, who is said to live in Voorschoten with her Dutch boyfriend, to be deported from the Netherlands.

More than half of the 298 people killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine last week were Dutch.

Broertjes later apologized for his remarks via Twitter, saying they were "not wise", but adding that "they stemmed from a feeling of helplessness that many will recognize".

Ukrainians living in Holland have also called for a peaceful protest outside Putin's daughter's flat, according to De Telegraaf newspaper. It published a photograph of the apartment complex where Maria is said to live alongside the article on Monday.

Very little is known about the Russian president's two daughters, Maria and Yekaterina, who are completely sheltered from media attention and have never been officially photographed as adults.

QHA