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Dutch, Ukrainian leaders discuss investigation of MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine

July 17, 2015, 23:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Boeing 777-200 of the Malaysia Airlines (MH17) en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17 in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk Region
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MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. The Dutch and Ukrainian leaders, Mark Rutte and Pyotr Poroshenko, on Friday discussed the investigation of the Malaysian MH17 crash near Donetsk on July 17, 2014, the press service of the Ukrainian head of state said after their telephone conversation.

"Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko had a telephone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Pyotr Poroshenko and Mark Rutte discussed the investigation of the MH17 crash and agreed to take further efforts to implement the joint initiative of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine on the establishment of an international tribunal to bring to trial those responsible for that," the press service said.

Earlier, the United States said it had not yet arrived at a final position on that matter. A State Department spokesman said it was too early to take any definite position.

The Boeing 777-200 of the Malaysia Airlines (MH17) en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17 in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk Region, some 60 km (over 37 miles) from the Russian border, in the zone of combat operations between the Donetsk self-defense forces and the Ukrainian army. All the passengers and crewmembers onboard the aircraft - 298 people, citizens of 10 states - died. Most of the passengers - 196 people - were Dutch citizens. According to the key theory of the crash, the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air or an air-to-air missile. The Ukrainian authorities and representatives of the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk have been accusing each other of the crash. The United Nations Security Council on July 21, 2014 demanded a comprehensive and independent investigation. Russia’s foreign ministry has repeatedly said Russia was not satisfied with how the investigation was being conducted.

On July 10, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said he thought the draft was a blind alley. "Personally, I can see no prospects for these documents. We should put them aside and await results of the investigation and then think how efficiently the court proceedings should be organised," he said, adding that the statue of the proposed tribunal "is worded in such a way that it could look not only into the Boeing issue but also into anything somehow connected with it."

"Unfortunately, it seems that this is an attempt to organise a grandiose political show, which only damages efforts to find the guilty parties," Churkin said.

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Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers have died. Infographics by ITAR-TASS

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