Volodymyr Tsemakh, who was the commander of air defense of Slovyansk brigade of Girkin militants, has information about the commanders of the occupants and operation details, as Oleksandr Danylyuk, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Defence and Security Council, reports on Facebook.
Danylyuk stated that Tsemakh witnessed the operation during which the militants hit Boeing MH17 in Donetsk region. He even knows that the rocket was launched from man-portable air-defense system Buk.
Besides, the message reads that Tsemakh knew all the warlords of the militants, he knew the details of the operation and movement of weapons.
“The testimony of the detainee will be another argument against Russia and the militants it controls,” Danylyuk wrote.
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.