News from Ukraine: Only Russia hinders MH17 crash investigation - Ukraine's President

16:01 Jul. 17, 2016

Only Russia hinders MH17 crash investigation - Ukraine's President

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko addressing the nation on the occasion to mark the first anniversary of the MH17 crash, 2015 (UNIAN Photo)

Ukraine and global community mark the second anniversary of Malaysian Airlines flight tragedy 

Only Russia prevents a probe into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down on July 17, 2014, over a militant-held area in the Donetsk region (eastern Ukraine). This is stated by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy.

Poroshenko said, Ukraine actively works with Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Netherlands on creating an international tool to investigate the tragedy that claimed lives of 298 people and bring all those responsible to justice.

"Abusing the veto, Russia has blocked the UN Security Council decision to establish the International Tribunal on the investigation of the MH17 tragedy, which is an indirect and logical proof of its involvement in the crime. However, jointly with our partners, we are doing everything necessary to bring those guilty to justice," Poroshenko said.

Poroshenko said that "criminal investigation is now being completed under the Office of the Dutch Prosecutor".

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He added that all Ukrainians mourn MH17 crash victims and express their sincere condolences to their families and relatives.

"Ukraine remembers every victim of the MH17 tragedy. Terrorism is inadmissible in any form and perpetrators of this tragedy must be punished," Ukraine's Pressident said.

Two years ago, July 17, 2014, the Malaysian plane MH17 heading from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur was downed by Russian-backed militant forces near the town of Torez (Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine), killing all 298 people on board.

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The vast majority of them - 194 passengers - were citizens of the Netherlands, 38 - Australian citizens.

Criminal investigations are still ongoing but the Dutch Safety Board has determined the plane was targeted by a Russian-made warhead launched off a surface-to-air-missile system Buk by pro-Russia separatists in a conflict zone of Ukraine near the Russian border.

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