On this day, 5 years ago, 298 innocent civilians, including 80 children, from 10 countries around the world lost their lives as a result of the terrible downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 by a missile, launched by a Russian anti-aircraft missile complex «Buk» from the uncontrolled territory of Donbas. This day will forever remain a tragic page of history, not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole world.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine offers its sincere condolences to all relatives and friends of those, who died in this catastrophe.
Despite all the efforts of the Russian Federation to block the investigation process and shift its responsibility for participating in the downing of the MH17, the Joint Investigation Team, which includes representatives of investigators and prosecutors from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, has already established the first 4 suspects, who will face the trial on March 19, 2020. They are Russians - Igor Girkin, Sergiy Dubinskyi, Oleg Pulatov, and a Ukrainian - Leonid Kharchenko.
And this is just the beginning. Direct perpetrators will be identified too.
Our common duty and priority remain establishing justice and bringing all the perpetrators of this terrible terrorist act to responsibility. Responsibility is inevitable. Everyone has to answer for their unlawful acts.
The downing of the MH17 flight is not only a criminally punishable act, but also constitutes a violation of the norms of international law by the Russian Federation, in particular - of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.
This horrible crime will not go unpunished. The investigation will identify those, who are guilty of the death of 298 civilians, and an independent court will determine a just punishment.
Justice will be restored.