//International investigation on downing of MH17 in advanced stage

Sometimes, a veto is not enough to get your way. When Russia vetoed a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal investigating the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine 2014, some countries joined together to set up their own international investigation. That investigation is soon ready to release its conclusions.

On the 3rd of June, prosecutors of the international investigation on the downing of the flight MH17, which took place over Eastern Ukraine in July 2014, said the investigation was at “a very advanced stage”, and estimated that the conclusions of the investigation would be presented after the summer.

The international investigation was set up by the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium, and Ukraine, after Russia, in July 2015, vetoed a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal to investigate the plane crash. At the time, Russia claimed the setting up of a tribunal was premature and unproductive, and that tribunals were ineffective in investigating such events.

The prosecutors of the international investigation claim to have made several requests for assistance from countries involved in the case, but have not yet received information from Russia on the Buk missile believed to have brought the plane down.

Flight MH17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine, in the middle of an ongoing conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. Pro-Russian separatists in the area denied shooting down the aircraft, although Western nations and Ukraine have claimed there is evidence that the plane was brought down by a Russian supplied Buk anti-aircraft missile. 298 people were killed in the crash, two thirds of whom were Dutch.

Sources:
BBC: MH17 crash: Russia vetoes UN resolution for international tribunal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33710088

Reuters: MH17 investigation at “advanced stage”
http://www.reuters.com/article/ukraine-crisis-mh-idUSA5N14002K

Image source:
“Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRD Malaysian (6658105143)” by Alan Wilson – Boeing 777-2H6ER ‘9M-MRD’ MalaysianUploaded by russavia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boeing_777-2H6ER_9M-MRD_Malaysian_(6658105143).jpg#/media/File:Boeing_777-2H6ER_9M-MRD_Malaysian_(6658105143).jpg

2017-12-29T12:15:58+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Categories: Articles|