The law of Ukraine, which foresees the extension of MH17 investigation mission mandate in this country took effect on Thursday; on the same day, it was published in the Parliament’s official newspaper Holos Ukrainy. The document allows the mission to continue working at least until August 1, 2018.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law, which ratified the agreement on the extension of the mandate of the international mission looking into the MH17 disaster. The bill was approved by the Ukrainian Parliament earlier this month; 257 MPs voted ‘yes’, with 226 necessary to pass.
Ukrainian and Dutch governments ratified the agreement on the mission’s mandate in Ukraine in July 2017; it has been prolonged several times since then.
Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17, was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims,196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of other nine countries as well.
The international investigation group found out that the civilian aircraft was downed by the surface-to-air missile; it was fired from Buk, the anti-aircraft missile launcher, which belonged to a unit of the regular Russian army and was operated by servicemen of Russia’s armed forces. The group decided that the perpetrators of the tragedy will be judged in the Netherlands, namely in the ICCT.