MH17 case: Australia and the Netherlands officially charge Russia with downing the jet

20:40, 25 May 2018

The Netherlands and Australia have officially accused Russia of the crash of the MH17 plane, as reported on the website of the Dutch Cabinet.

According to the statement, both governments made a decision on this issue and informed Russia about it.

'The truth surrounding the MH17 disaster had to be brought to light and justice must be achieved for the victims and their next of kin. The Netherlands has the support of the international community in this respect. Based on the Joint Investigation Team’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are now convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down the MH17. The government is now taking the next step by formally holding Russia accountable', Stef Blok, the Dutch Foreign Minister said.

Both countries urged Russia to assume responsibility and cooperate in the investigation.

Previously, the Joint Investigation Team found another confirmation that MH17 plane was shot down from Russian 'Buk' missile system. It appears that the weapon was brought to the militant-held territory of Ukraine from the military base in Kursk, western Russia.

Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines was shot down in the skies over Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, in July 2014. The passenger jet carried 298 people. No one survived.