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MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. The United Nations should have a more active role in pressuring the Kiev authorities to investigate crimes in Ukraine, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Thursday.
"We continue seeking tight international control over investigating the crimes during the Maidan [protests], in Odessa and Mariupol," Gatilov said, adding that Russia often raises these issues at the UN Security Council meetings.
"The UN agencies should play a more active role in exerting greater pressure on Ukraine [on investigation]," the diplomat said.
Russia has repeatedly called for the need to comply with the UN Security Council resolution 2166 on the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine, he said.
"The investigation carried out by the Netherlands is being protracted. The final report could be ready by June," adding that Russia has offered its assistance in the crash investigation.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger airliner on flight MH17 from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. Most passengers - 193 people - were Dutch nationals.
A report by the Dutch safety board leading the investigation said in September that flight MH17 crashed after a "large number of high-energy objects" penetrated its fuselage.