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It was our duty to return bodies of MH17 victims to their families, - Groysman
15:28, 17 July 2017
It was our duty to return bodies of MH17 victims to their families, - Groysman

Ukraine's Premier remembers the first days of search operations in Donetsk region

15:28, 17 July 2017

Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

As Ukrainian rescue teams searched and collected remains of the MH17 plane crash victims, they encountered numerous problems caused by pro-Russian militants controlling the area; however, it was their duty to get the job done, giving the bodies of the deceased back to their families. Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine’s Prime Minister posted that on Facebook, paying tribute to the perished on July 17, the day of the anniversary of the MH17 disaster.

‘During the first hours and days after the catastrophe, I, as the prime minister, had to deal with the investigation and recovery of the bodies. These were the scary days. The terrorists (pro-Kremlin militants who controlled the crash site in the occupied Donbas, - 112 International) used to get in our way a lot. Ukrainian and foreign experts who worked at the site had no guarantees of their security, but kept working anyway. It was our duty to find and return bodies of MH17 victims to their families,’ the official posted.

As is known, today, on July 17, 2017, the international society remembers the victims of MH17 plane crash.

The tragic incident took place in the skies over the militant-occupied area of Donbas, eastern Ukraine; the civilian aircraft, Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when an anti-aircraft missile hit the plane, killing everyone aboard. 298 people – passengers and crew members – lost their lives in the explosion.

The Dutch investigation group found out that the missile was launched from Russian-made Buk, the anti-aircraft defense weapon employed by the Russia-sponsored mercenaries. The missile launcher was brought to the occupied area of Donetsk region from Russia; it crossed the militant-held section of Ukraine-Russia border. The experts found out that the missile was launched not far from the occupied Snizhne, Donetsk region.

In July 2015, Malaysia proposed that the UN Security Council set up an international tribunal to prosecute those deemed responsible for the downing of the plane. The Malaysian resolution gained a majority on the Security Council, but was vetoed by Russia.

The Ukrainian government insists the Russian military are behind the tragedy; the Kremlin denies any involvement in the particular incident, saying there were no Russian troops in that area.

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