The international investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing flight MH17 in Donbas does not exclude that the militants tried to shoot down Ukrainian military aircraft. Prosecutor Ward Ferdinandusse stated this, as the correspondent of RBC-Ukraine reported.
According to him, an attack on a civilian airliner could be a mistake. The investigation does not exclude that the militants in Donbas tried to bring down an aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force. At the same time, Ferdinandusse stresses that attacking a military aircraft is also a criminal offense.
In addition, the investigation does not see extenuating circumstances due to active hostilities in July 2014. The prosecutor noted that such rules in some cases only apply to the military, which acts on behalf of states that respect military law.
“War does not exempt everyone from violence against everyone,” Ferdinandusse concluded.
As we reported, International Joint Investigation Team on MH17 case held its first meeting in new composition in Amsterdam. The parties confirmed their full willingness to cooperate.