14:31 Jul. 17, 2016
EU's declaration on the second anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
"The EU and its Member States recall the tragedy of flight MH17, which occurred on 17 July 2014, and renew their sympathy to all those who have lost their loved ones. We all remember what happened two years ago with sorrow and sadness", the statement reads.
"UNSC resolution 2166 demands that those directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of MH17 must be held accountable and are brought to justice. The EU reiterates its full support to the work of the Joint Investigation Team and the ongoing efforts by the countries involved to come to an effective prosecution. States that are in a position to assist with the investigation and prosecution of those responsible must fully cooperate with the ongoing criminal investigation."
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.
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.
The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed rebels were responsible but Russia accuses Ukrainian forces.