The court extended the arrest of Volodymyr Tsemakh, the commander of air defense of Slovyansk brigade of Girkin (self-proclaimed Donbas leader) militants, as Ukrainian News reported citing Tsemakh’s lawyer Roman Hontarev.
“The restrictive measure, arrest, for him was extended,” he stated.
Besides, the lawyer refused to comment on the possible participation of Tsemakh in the exchange of the prisoners with Russia. According to the number of media, the Russian Federation demands from Ukraine to extradite him within the exchange of the prisoners. The Netherlands asks Ukraine not to give Tsemakh to Russia.
On July 17, 2019, the Security Service of Ukraine stated that it detained Volodymyr Tsemakh, the ex-militant of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), involved in the transportation of Buk missile system, which downed MH17. It is noted that he was detained during the crossing of the border with Russian controlled by Ukraine.
It was reported that Tsemakh knew the commanders of the militants, details of the operations and transportation of the weapons. He also may become the key witness in the trial in the Netherlands.
Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17 was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims (196) were Dutch, but there were citizens of another nine countries as well.
The governments of Australia and the Netherlands officially accused Russia of being behind the disaster.
Earlier, it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands will press charges on MH17 crash in Donbas in June 2014, against Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Serhiy Dubynsky, Oleg Pulatov, and Leonid Kharchenko.