Five years later: Mourning for MH17 victims

18:17, 17 July 2019

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 countires 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.