Prosecutor General’s Office searches for MH17 disaster witnesses

Source : 112 Ukraine

Anonymity and safety guarantees will be provided, - First Deputy Prosecutor General Dmytro Storozhuk
14:25, 14 December 2016

Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine seeks those who witnessed the MH17 tragedy in Donetsk region two years ago. Dmytro Storozhuk, First Deputy Prosecutor General, said this at a briefing on Wednesday, December 14.

‘The information they provide will have impact on making the ultimate decision. This is why the international investigation group very much looks forward to have these questions answered. Who of these hundred people transported the weapon, who convoyed it, who provided coordinates and decided to place the weapon? That defines levels of their responsibility’, he said.   

The official added that the international investigation group that works in this case urges common citizens to share relevant information – if there is any. ‘We’re open for cooperation. We realize that spreading this information could pose danger for their lives. The international group of investigators assures everyone that there are witness protection programs in all countries that are involved in this group. The information that they provide stays classified, and the issue of physical protection for them and their families is raised, too. People who share this information should not worry about their safety,’ First Deputy Prosecutor General said.        

On September 28, the international investigation group led by the Dutch experts delivered the report on the results of looking into the downing of Boeing 777 of Malaysian airlines over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. The officials said that the civilian aircraft was downed by the missile shot from Buk, the Russian-made missile launcher; it was placed on the territory held by pro-Russian militants, which makes them responsible for the tragedy.

On July 17, 2014, the MH17 flight was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It was over Snizhne village, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, when the missile hit the plane. The crash killed everyone aboard. The international investigation group that consists of several countries including Ukraine is now identifying the perpetrators of the crime.  

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