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Block: Ukraine participates in MH17 investigation into non-closing airspace

2019-10-10T14:43:31.098Z

Ukraine has promised to cooperate in a so-called 'fact-finding investigation' that revolves around the question why the airspace was not closed at the time of the shooting of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this to NU.nl on Thursday.



Ukraine has promised to cooperate in a so-called 'fact-finding investigation' that revolves around the question why the airspace was not closed at the time of the shooting of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this to NU.nl on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Stef Blok is currently visiting Kiev. After talking with President Volodymyr Zelensky, he announced during a press conference that the country is cooperating.

On Thursday afternoon, Blok also announced via Twitter that "The Netherlands and Ukraine continue to work closely together" when it comes to MH17.

A large majority of the House of Representatives asked for such an investigation earlier this month. The Dutch Safety Board (OVV) has already concluded that there were enough indications for the country in the days before the downing of MH17 to close the airspace.

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Five years ago the plane departed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The flight was brought down above Ukraine by a stoop-rocket of pro-Russian separatists. The 298 passengers were all killed. There were 196 Dutch people among them.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced in July this year that they would prosecute three Russians and one Ukrainian for their role in bringing down flight MH17.

The trial against Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko will start in March of next year.

See also: What does the prosecution of the MH17 suspects mean?

Source: nunl

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