Civil aircraft, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), was shot down by militants with weaponry imported from Russia. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"All Ukraine, every citizen of our state felt the pain of inevitable loss in their hearts. We have sincerely sympathized with all those hundreds of people who lost their loved ones on July 17, 2014. By that time, Ukraine had already experienced the bitterness of losses. We didn't face terrorism until Russia started exporting it," Poroshenko stressed.
According to him, a lot has been done to ensure that the culprits are punished. The Dutch Safety Board has conducted a comprehensive technical investigation into the causes of disaster. The criminal investigation, carried out under the auspices of the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office, is now at its final stage.
Ukraine has combined efforts with Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, and the Netherlands in developing an international mechanism to prosecute all those responsible for bringing down the aircraft.
"Russia, abusing the right of veto, blocked the decision of the UN Security Council to establish the International Tribunal to investigate the downing of MH17, which is an indirect and logical proof of its involvement in the crime. In spite of this, we and our partners are working and doing everything necessary to ensure accountability of all those behind this tragedy," the head of state remarked.
"I, like every Ukrainian, sincerely share the pain of those who lost their loved ones in the MH17 crash, and I will keep doing my best so that every criminal guilty of bringing down the aircraft suffers a deserved and inevitable punishment!" Poroshenko summed up.
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