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Five years later: Ukraine mourns for MH17 victims

Boeing 777 was downed by a Russia-made missile over Donetsk region on July 17, 2014; none of 298 people aboard survived the tragedy
11:44, 17 July 2019

112 Agency

It's been five years since the MH17 tragedy shook the civilized world to the core. On July 17, 2014, Russian armed mercenaries shot down Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, as the aircraft was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. An anti-aircraft missile hit the plane over Grabove village in the occupied sector in Donetsk region, killing everyone aboard. 298 people, most of them Dutch citizens, lost their lives in that horrible attack. 

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Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia and the Netherlands gathered a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to look into the bloody tragedy; the group came to the conclusion that the missile was fired from Buk M-1, the missile launcher that was brought to the occupied area of Donetsk region from the territory of the Russian Federation. The JIT called the names of three suspects, two Russians and one Ukrainian, directly involved in the attack on that day.

Related: MH17 case: EU urges Russia to take responsibility, cooperate with investigation

Recently, Ukraine's State Security Service detained an ex-"official" of the so-called DNR; Volodymyr Tsemakh served as the chief of Slovyansk-based brigade of Russian mercenaries. He is considered a valuable witness in the MH17 case.

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