Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Russian Federation ‘must be held to account’ for MH17: Australia

Russian Federation ‘must be held to account’ for MH17: Australia

An global team of investigators says that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 almost four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit. Dutch and Australian emergency workers found missile fragments and detritus from the Boeing 777 that were later used to identify the weapon.

The 2014 resolution was sponsored by Australia - which suffered one of the largest losses of life on the flight - and expressed support for the global investigation efforts, as well as calling on all United Nations member states "to provide any requested assistance to civil and criminal investigations".

Of the 298 people killed, 196 were Dutch, 42 were Malaysian and 27 were Australian.

The five-nation team says the Buk missile belonged to a part of the Russian armed forces and was sacked from a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

The Dutch government - along with Australia - said it was holding Russian Federation "formally accountable" for the tragedy that killed 298 passengers and crew. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday that Russian Federation "must accept state responsibility" for the crash of flight MH17 in Donbass in 2014.

"The downing of MH17 was a global tragedy, and those responsible must be held accountable", Stoltenberg said.

The Netherlands and Australia say they are holding Russia legally responsible for the plane's downing after worldwide investigators concluded that the missile that hit the plane came from a Russian military unit, accusations Russia has rejected.

The research group also said Ivannikov "coordinated and supervised the military activities of Russian militants, pro-Russia separatists", and contingents of a "private army" from "Wagner group" - a Russian paramilitary organization reportedly associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch and close associate of President Vladimir Putin.

On Thursday, a team of global investigators said they had hard evidence that the missile system involved in shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane came from a Russian military brigade.

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The move won swift support from global allies, a day after investigators concluded that the Russian-made BUK missile which tore apart the Boeing 777 passenger plane in mid-air on July 17, 2014 came from a Russian military brigade based in southwestern Kursk.

It was the most explicit link yet published by the investigators between Moscow and the downing of the flight known as MH17.

"The foreign minister of the Netherlands called me to say they have no doubts that the Buk came from Russia", Lavrov said, referring to the missile.

"I asked him about facts proving these claims", said Mr Lavrov.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and "the division of military material", Ukraine which possessed some 20 BUK anti-aircraft systems has "not had one new missile delivered", the Russian defence ministry said.

There are several legal routes and steps the Dutch and Australian governments could take - but none are going to be easy. The Russian defense ministry said the number indicated that the missile had been produced in 1986 and that its expiry date came in 2011.

Investigation officials, seeking to bring criminal charges, have not said who actually fired the missile. But they had stopped short of directly saying who pulled the trigger.

They have identified two people, who go by the aliases Orion and Delfin, as top suspects after obtaining their wire-tapped conversations before and after the plane was shot out of the sky.

"All points lead to a centralised military operation", Bellingcat researcher Moritz Rakuszitzky told reporters.

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