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MH17 investigation: Ukraine detained driver of towing truck that transported Buk missile launcher

The driver was identified thanks to a video record from the cell phone, as one of the witnesses filmed Buk being moved across occupied Donetsk; the people responsible for this transportation will be judged as terrorists
14:37, 17 July 2019

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Workers of the SBU, Ukraine's State Security Service detained the driver of a towing truck that transported Buk missile launcher across Donetsk; this particular vehicle is considered to be the same the Russian mercenaries used to shoot down Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines (flight MH17) in July 2014. Vitaliy Mayakov, Deputy Head of SBU's Chief Investigation Department said so as quoted by UNN news agency.

The driver was identified thanks to a video record from the cell phone, as one of the witnesses filmed Buk being moved across occupied Donetsk. Back then, the driver had no idea that the Ukrainian side was aware of his involvement in this action.

"We detained him, currently he serves time here, in Ukraine", Mayakov said. He explained that the people responsible for this transportation of Buk missile launcher will be judged as terrorists. 

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

Mayakov added that the SBU suspects 150 people who could be more or less involved in the crime.

Five years ago, the world witnessed the tragedy of MH17. On July 17, 2014, Boeing 777, the civilian aircraft of Malaysian Airlines was downed over the Russian-occupied area in Donetsk region. An anti-aircraft missile hit the plane, killing all 298 people aboard. The aircraft was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur; there were citizens of several countries aboard, most of them were Dutch. Governments of Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Netherlands agreed to fund and conduct the joint investigation into the tragedy. The Joint Investigation Team found out that the missile was fired from Buk missile launcher, which was brought from Russia to the occupied territory of Ukraine. Russia ignored the requests to cooperate with the investigation team, denying any involvement and, thus, the responsibility for shooting the civilian aircraft.

Related: Five years after MH17 tragedy in Donbas

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