The Russian Federation on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the downing of the Malaysian Boeing flight MH17 from the sky over Donetsk region is trying to deflect attention from the tragedy by initiating discussion of the Ukrainian language law at the UN Security Council.

"To deflect attention from MH17 Russia tries to start discussion in UN SC concerning Ukrainian language law. However, Russia itself has only 1 language in stock: the language of Force. Nonetheless, justice will be established and will pay for MH17," MFA Ukraine wrote on Twitter July 16.

As UNIAN reported, today at 17:00, Kyiv time, the meeting of the UN Security Council will begin to discuss Law of Ukraine on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language.

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UNIAN memo. Malaysia Airlines' MH17 Boeing 777 heading from Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur was shot down on July 17, 2014, over militant-occupied territory in Donetsk region. All 298 people on board who were citizens of 10 countries were killed in the crash. The majority of the victims, 196, were citizens of the Netherlands.

The Dutch Safety Board October 13, 2015, issued a report on the causes of the accident. It was revealed that the plane had been shot down by a Buk anti-aircraft missile system. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in its report published on September 28, 2016, confirmed that the plane had been downed by a Russian-made Buk brought to Ukraine from Russia.