Today a Joint Investigation Team composed of representatives
of Ukraine, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, and Belgium presented the
preliminary results of the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian
Airlines flight MH17.
The publication of this information is an important
milestone towards our ultimate common goal: bringing to justice all those
responsible for downing the aircraft. It is our moral duty to the 298 victims
and their relatives and friends.
It is important to underline that the preliminary results of
the criminal investigation have confirmed the findings of the technical report
published last October by the Dutch Safety Board, namely, that the crash
was caused by the explosion of a warhead launched from a “Buk”
anti-aircraft missile system.
All other possible causes of this horrible tragedy were
considered and rejected during the course of the criminal investigation. This
puts an end to all of Russia’s attempts to discredit activities of the Joint
Investigation Team and conclusions by spreading distorted or fabricated
Today’s report also includes a new and very important
element: information about the route of the weapon, via which it was
transported to Ukraine from Russia and then moved in the opposite direction
through a sector of the Ukrainian-Russian border controlled only by Russia and
This information once again points to the direct involvement
of the state-aggressor in downing the aircraft. An investigation into specific
suspects’ affiliation and place in the chain of command is ongoing in order to
submit the cases to the appropriate court in the near future.
Of course, the most effective method of prosecution would be
to establish an international tribunal under the auspices of the United Nations
Security Council. Despite broad international support for this idea, Russia was
the only country to veto a resolution on the establishment of such a mechanism
in the UN Security Council. In this regard, the states involved in the
investigation continue to work to identify the mechanism through which those
responsible for the catastrophe will be brought to account.
Ukraine and the four other countries concerned will continue
to provide full support to the Joint Investigation Team and do everything
possible to facilitate criminal investigation.
Successful completion of the investigation requires the
continued support and cooperation of the countries, as provided for in UN
Security Council Resolution 2166 (2014).
We call on all countries to cooperate with the criminal
investigation. We expect that Russia, under pressure from the
international community, will finally begin to fulfil UN Security Council
Resolution 2166 as well as its international obligations.