“In late June the Ukrainian special services conducted an operation on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and detained ex-command leader of air-defence in Snizhne Volodymyr Tsemakh,” the message reads.
The personality of Tsemakh was interesting for the militants as on July 17, 2014 a Malaysian Boeing was knocked down near this city.
Tsemakh’s lawyer Roman Hontarev and his daughter who lives in “DNR” confirmed that he was detained.
After the detention on June 27, Tsemakh was transported over the demarcation line to Ukraine-controlled territory.
According to Hontarev, on June 28, on Ukraine’s Constitution Day, he was taken to Kyiv, and on July 29 Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv ruled to detain him for two months, the date of appeal was not defined yet.
MH17 was shot out of the sky on July 17, 2014, over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Everyone on board was killed.
Russia has denied any involvement.