A man who may be one of the key witnesses in the MH17 case has been detained in Ukraine, Radio Svoboda reports, citing the Bellingcat research group, which has been investigating the catastrophe for several years.
The State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has released audio recordings of conversations between the detainee and two of the four defendants in the MH17 case. Their trial began in the Netherlands in March this year.
Security officers do not disclose the name of this person. All the information on a pre-trial restriction remains secret as well. The reasons are explained briefly - the secret of the investigation.
At the same time, the SBU states that for the last six years this man has been one of the curators of group guided by the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as a freelancer of the Intelligence service of the Russian Armed Forces.
"This man was informed about the suspicion in this criminal case of the MH17 investigation. He was personally involved in the creation and management of the 'intelligence department' of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic," Prosecutor of Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office Oleksandr Bannyk stated.
As we reported earlier, the Netherlands is considering the possibility of other states joining the process against the Russian Federation at the ECHR in the case of a downed passenger plane of flight МН17.