The European Union expects that all countries will cooperate in the investigation of the plane crash of MH17 and the implementation of the persecution of the guilty in the incident. It is claimed at the official statement of the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini.
'The plane that operated the flight MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014. Today, three years later after this tragic plane crash the European Union ant its country-members express the sincere condolences and respect for all, who lost the relatives and friends in the accident. MH17 incident that claimed so many lives and still is the source of the grief and sadness in the whole Europe', she wrote.
Mogherini noted that the prosecution of the guilty in the plane crash MH17 depends on the constant support of the investigation by the international society.
'We expect that all countries according to their possibility will conduce the holding of the investigation and the implementation of the judicial prosecution of the guilty in this incident according to the UN resolution #2166', the message stated.
The European Union and country-members hail the prominent progress in the investigation in the last year. In the context of the holding of the investigation of the International investigation team it is important for them to accomplish its case carefully and independently.
'We hail the actions of the involved countries to provide the effective judicial persecution. Also, we hail the decision of these countries to implement the judicial process in the Netherlands that became the result of the international cooperation and support. This decision is important to persecute the guilty in the plane crash MH17', the message said.
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.