: Ukraine and the Netherlands will carry out a joint investigation on MH17 case

19:11 Apr. 1, 2016

Ukraine and the Netherlands will carry out a joint investigation on MH17 case

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meet in New York, March 2, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

President Petro Poroshenko and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed the issue in Washington

Ukraine and the Netherlands will carry out a joint investigation on MH17 case. According to Ukraine's President's spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko, Petro Poroshenko and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed on the issue during the negotiations in Washington.

Boeing-777 of Malaysia Airlines heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17, 2014, on the territory occupied by Russian-backed separatist forces in Donetsk region. 298 people on board died, most of them (196 people) were Dutch citizens.

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On August 7, 2014, an international investigation group was established. Its staff included the prosecutors from Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Malaysia, and Eurojust.

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More than a year later, on October 13, 2015, the Dutch Security Council published a report of the investigation on the possible causes of the plane crash. According to the document, it is settled that MH-17 was shot with anti-aircraft missile 'Buk', used mainly by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Head of the Dutch Security Council stated the shell explosion destroyed the front part of the plane. Afterwards the aircraft broke into pieces in the air.

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