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MH17 case: Dutch court to use video connection to interview 'DNR' ex-officials

Volodymyr Tsemakh and Dmytro Kupriyan will stand before trial as witnesses in the attack on the civilian aircraft
19:16, 30 July 2019

Reuters

Former officials of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic", Volodymyr Tsemakh and Dmytro Kupriyan will be interviewed in the video conference mode. The Dutch court gets their testimonies, as the men are considered to be involved in the MH17 tragedy. Ukrainian prosecutor Oleg Peresada said so at the session in Kyiv appeal court; UNN quoted him as saying.

July 30, the Ukrainian court was supposed to consider the appeal against Tsemakh's arrest. Prosecutor confirmed that the ex-chief of anti-aircraft defense of self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic" will stand before trial as the witness.

Related: MH17 crash: Donbas militant Tsemakh knows operation details

Peresada admitted that the procedure of testifying is defined in the intergovernmental agreement between Ukraine and the Netherlands.

He also admitted that Kupriyan has been released recently; his status in this case is the witness, not the suspect.

Volodymyr Tsemakh, who was the commander of air defense of Slovyansk brigade of Russian warlord Igor Girkin, has information about the commanders of the occupants and operation details; Oleksandr Danylyuk, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Defence and Security Council reported that on Facebook. Danylyuk stated that Tsemakh witnessed the operation during which the militants hit Boeing MH17 in Donetsk region. He even knows that the rocket was launched from man-portable air-defense system Buk.

Related: Russia claims secret consultations with the Netherlands within MH17 case

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