MH17 case: Dutch parliament to investigate "Ukraine's role"
The Dutch parliament has supported the proposal of the CDA (Christian Democratic Party) to further investigate the reasons why Ukraine did not close the airspace over Donbas during the hostilities in 2014.
"The proposal to further investigate the fact why the airspace over Ukraine was not closed has just been approved unanimously," CDA MP Chris van Dam wrote on Twitter on October 8.
According to Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, such an investigation is not an easy task since Russia's cooperation will be necessary.
"It is also about their airspace," he said.
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.
On June 19, 2019, JIT investigators accused four pro-Russian military intelligence officers of involvement in a missile attack that shot down the MH17. The first four suspects in the MH17 case are Russian terrorist Igor Girkin (AKA "Strelkov"), who in the summer of 2014 was the so-called "Minister of Defense of the Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR"); Russian General Sergei Dubinsky (nom de guerre "Khmuryi"), who led the "DPR intelligence;" Oleg Pulatov (nom de guerre "Gyurza"), who in 2014 headed of "the 2nd division of the GRU of the DPR;" as well as Leonid Kharchenko (nom de guerre "Krot"), who was the leader of the "reconnaissance battalion" of Russia-led forces.
The trial of those suspects in the crash of the Malaysian Boeing should begin on March 9, 2020.