Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president.
"The International Investigation Team has put an end to this issue today - they confirmed that the plane crash was caused by the explosion of the warhead mounted on the missile fired by the Russian Buk anti-aircraft missile system. It is proved that the Buk had come into our territory from Russia. After the crime, when terrorists tried to cover up traces, the Buk was immediately taken back to Russia," the head of state noted at the NSDC session.
"Thus, we have solid proof of who to blame for this act of atrocity and who bears full responsibility for the terrorist attack," Poroshenko emphasized.
The president reminded that the draft resolution of the UN Security Council on the establishment of the international tribunal to bring the perpetrators of the MH17 tragedy to justice had been submitted at the initiative of Ukraine in close coordination with international partners. "This decision was supported by all UN member-states, except Russia who blocked the decision," the head of state said.
"The whole world has the right to know who is responsible," he emphasized.
At the same time, according to the president, Russia failed to enlist the support of any country to hide this crime. "Russia had strong hopes that it won't be alone, that somebody will support it. However, it didn't succeed and had to reveal itself - Russia used the veto right on the establishment of the international tribunal. The legal languages describes this as acknowledgement of guilt," Petro Poroshenko said.
The president recalled Russian lies distributed after the tragedy and until recently as an element of hybrid war against Ukraine. Particularly, lies about the alleged Ukrainian SU-25 military aircraft that approached Boeing or a statement that no missiles were in the air.
The head of state emphasized that such Russian behavior hadn't stopped Ukraine and the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice had continued persistent work over the investigation jointly with the countries whose citizens had fallen victims to the tragedy.
In the course of the international visits, the president has personally carried out negotiations on this issue with leadership of the Netherlands, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and others. "This confirms our determination to bring the perpetrators to justice," the president noted.
The head of state is confident that a powerful support from the international community, as well as cooperation with all countries involved in the matter are essential for successful completion of the investigation. He is hopeful that not only those who committed this crime, but also those who gave the order will be named.
The head of state expressed gratitude to the Joint Investigation Team for "independent and objective step-by-step determination of all circumstances and all guilty of this terrible tragedy". He reminded that Ukrainian representatives took part in the JIT's work as well.
The president instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Security Service, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Justice to continue coordination of actions for the JIT to present the final results of the investigation with surnames as soon as possible. Then, the countries will coordinate actions on the application of the domestic courts. It is also necessary to continue actions on bringing the perpetrators to justice in the international court.
"To my mind, the most efficient way would be to create a mechanism under the aegis of the UN Security Council to bring the perpetrators to justice," the president said.
Poroshenko underlined the need to constantly draw attention to that issue and demonstrate Ukraine's determination in that direction.
exclusive photos of the hangar and the submunitions of Russian missile Buk-M1-2, featured in the criminal investigation. Prosecutor's Offices of the Netherlands and Australia have prepared convincing evidence. It was established that submunitions that hit the Boeing exactly match those from the warhead of the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile Buk-M1-2. The system was developed in 1997, put into service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 1998, and was never delivered to Ukraine. In addition, independent experts from Germany, England and Poland studied the fragments of the debris and concluded they were part of a Russian Buk missile. Modern chemical analysis has identified the composition of the metal and found parts of the glass and skin of the same downed Boeing that had been cut by these elements prior to hitting the people.
In November 2015, President Poroshenko visited the Netherlands and said that Ukraine was employing its membership in the UN Security Council for investigation of the MH17 tragedy.
In May 2016, Australian law firm LHD filed a lawsuit against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin to the European Court for Human Rights on behalf of relatives of those killed in the Malaysian Boeing MH17. The lawsuit names Putin as accused defendant and demands $10 million for each killed passenger.
On July 17, 2016 President Poroshenko said that Russia was the only country inhibiting the investigation into the MH-17 crash.
"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.
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