Zelensky on downing of MH17: Responsibility of perpetrators inevitable.

Those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 will inevitably be brought to justice.

“We have sadness and pain in our hearts on the seventh anniversary of the terrible tragedy and unspeakable crime that the whole world will remember. 298 people died on board Flight MH17. It is impossible to believe that this happened in the modern world. I offer my condolences. We make every effort to establish the truth. The responsibility is inevitable,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky posted on Twitter, Ukrinform reports.

Zelensky also stressed that bringing to justice those responsible for the downing of Flight MH17 was important for future generations, the President’s Office informs.

“The world and Ukraine honor the memory of 298 victims of the downing of Flight MH17. Bringing those responsible for the catastrophe to justice is important not only for the relatives of the dead but for future generations also,” Zelensky said.

According to him, Ukraine is closely monitoring the ongoing trial in the Netherlands and hopes that Russia will cooperate with investigators in this case in order to find out the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice.

As reported, the 7th anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is marked today.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over occupied area of Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. There were 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board. All of them died. The international Joint Investigation Team reported that the plane had been shot down from a Buk missile system that belonged to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces stationed in Kursk.

On June 19, 2019, the JIT named four suspects believed to be involved in the transportation and combat use of the Buk missile system, from which MH17 flight had been downed. Three of them are Russians: Igor Girkin (Strelkov), former colonel in Russia's FSB intelligence service and former so-called defense minister of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic"; Sergey Dubinskiy, general (at the time of downing – colonel) of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and head of the so-called "Main Intelligence Directorate of the Donetsk People’s Republic"; Oleg Pulatov, lieutenant colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The fourth suspect is Leonid Kharchenko, a Ukrainian civilian, who fought on the side of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic.

In March 2020, the District Court of The Hague began the consideration of the case over the downing of Flight MH17.

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