Occupiers 9 years ago shot down MH-17 in Donbass, 298 people died: how it all happened and whether the perpetrators will be brought to justice
9 years ago, occupants shot down the Boeing passenger plane MH17 in Donbas, killing 298 people. Thus, on the anniversary of the terrible tragedy, the Foreign Ministry noted that it welcomed the conviction of three co-conspirators of the missile attack on the passenger plane in 2014. In particular, the District Court of The Hague sentenced the perpetrators to life imprisonment.
This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry noted that the disaster of flight MH17 was one of the most terrible manifestations of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and showed that the actions of the aggressor state have global consequences for the international community.
"We call on all involved states and parties to cooperate fully in accordance with UNSC Resolution 2166 (2014) to hold Russia and all those involved accountable for this shameful and brutal case of violation of international law.... Ukraine will continue to make every possible effort to establish justice for the victims of the tragedy, to achieve accountability and guarantees of non-repetition of such a tragic incident," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday in connection with the crash of flight MH17.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777, flying flight MH17 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was shot down in the air over Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. The tragedy killed all 298 people on board. More than two-thirds of the passengers were Dutch nationals. An international investigation team, including representatives of law enforcement agencies from Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Malaysia, is investigating the causes of the crash.
"We remember everything. The MH17 crash is a Russian war crime. On July 17, 2014, the Russians shot down a passenger plane flying flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with a surface-to-air missile from the Russian Buk SAM system in the occupied territory of Donetsk region .
Let us honor the memory of the 298 people killed that day by Russia. The District Court of The Hague announced the sentence of the perpetrators of the crime. Russia will be responsible for all the evil, for all the murders," wrote the head of the Office of the President Andrei Yermak on the occasion of the anniversary of the tragic event.
At the same time, the Main Office noted that citizens of the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand should have been alive, as well as Ukrainians who have been victims of Russian aggression over the past 9 years.
"...Moscow is still continuing its deadly policy: mass murder of civilians, kidnapping and deportation of Ukrainian children, ecocide as a result of blowing up the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power plant, irresponsible nuclear blackmail.
Insane behavior, disregard for all norms of international law and universal virtues prove that the current russia is a problem for the whole world. Consequently, bringing the aggressor to paralysis and just punishment should be a matter of honor for all free nations.
The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, whose employees made efforts to collect evidence of Russia's involvement in the shooting down of the Boeing, reminds us that Muscovy cannot escape responsibility for this war crime, as well as for thousands of other terrible actions," the Main Directorate of Intelligence noted.
Chronicle of events of the MH 17 tragedy
Active hostilities in Donbas began in April 2014. Prior to the Boeing crash, militants shot down three Ukrainian aircraft, in particular, on July 16, an Su-25 aircraft was shot down by militants.
Thus, on the night of July 16-17, Russia imposed a ban on civil aviation flights at an altitude of up to 16,000 meters in the regions adjacent to Ukraine.
Flight MH17 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) took off on July 17, 2014 at 13:30 Kiev time and had a destination at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. There were no malfunctions on the airplane and the flight proceeded normally. However, at around 16:00, communication with the aircraft was lost.
Soon after, reports, videos and photos began circulating on social media that showed the remains of the plane that had crashed near Torez. Around 17:50, Igor Strelkov, one of the militant leaders in Donbass, outlined reports on social media that separatists had shot down an AN-26 airplane near Torez. However, when it became obvious that it was a passenger plane, not a military plane, that had been shot down, Strelkov deleted his post.
On the same day, the Security Service intercepted telephone conversations between the militants, which probably referred to the shooting down of a passenger airliner. This gave reason to believe that the plane had been shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile launcher.
After the establishment of a joint investigation team on August 7, 2014, which included representatives of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, a criminal investigation into the case began.
Recall that Putin awarded an honorary title to the brigade whose Buk shot down the Malaysian Boeing. For participation in the destruction of peaceful cities and the murder of citizens, the dictator gave his soldiers the title of heroes.