Dutch parliament votes to investigate ‘Ukraine’s role’ in MH17 air crash
The parliament of the Netherlands has voted to investigate Ukraine’s role in the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 catastrophe that took place over Ukraine’s Donetsk province in 2014, said Chris van Dam, a member of the Christian Democratic party, in a tweet.
Van Dam said that the party motioned to investigate the fact that Ukraine did not close the airspace over the Donbas.
The Dutch MP noted that his party’s motion was approved unanimously in parliament.
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in 2015 that the airspace over the Donbas had not been fully closed before the MH17 catastrophe because nobody expected Russia to covertly use powerful anti-aircraft missiles against civilian aircraft.
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed.
The international Joint Investigation Team has concluded that the aircraft was shot down by a 9M38 missile fired from a mobile Buk system in a cultivated field near Pervomaiskyi. At the time, the region was controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The investigators believe that the Buk was brought into Ukraine from Russia and then taken back to Russia after it was used to attack flight MH17.
In June 2019, the names of four suspects in the case were released: Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, Sergey “Gloomy” Dubinsky, Oleg “Caliph” Pulatov, and Leonid “Mole” Kharchenko.
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