July 17, 2020
The European Union (EU) has reiterated its commitment to establish justice for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 six years ago.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said in a statement that the union will also hold those responsible for the tragedy to account, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166.
“On July 17, we commemorate the sixth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, when 298 people of 17 different nationalities lost their lives.
“The European Union continues to feel deep sympathy for all those who lost their loved ones,” read Borrell’s statement.
He also stated that the EU takes note of all steps that have been taken and expects Russia to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with efforts to establish accountability.
A Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that the aircraft was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from pro-Russian rebel-controlled territory in Ukraine.
Moscow has denied any involvement.
Four men, Russians Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Igor Girkin, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko were named as suspects behind the incident.
The Boeing 777 of flight MH17 left Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport en route to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014. It was shot down and crashed in Donetsk, Ukraine.
A total of 193 of those who perished were Dutch. The rest were Malaysians, Australians, Britons, and other nationalities.
The MH17 criminal trial started on March 9 at the District Court of The Hague.