14:41 30.10.2017

Poroshenko asks Rada to extend MH17 investigation agreement with Netherlands for one year

Poroshenko asks Rada to extend MH17 investigation agreement with Netherlands for one year

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted to parliament a draft law on extending by one year an agreement between Ukraine and the Netherlands on the mission for defending the investigation into the shooting down of the Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner (MH17) over Donbas in 2014.

According to information posted to the site of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the draft bill provides ratifying the agreement between Ukraine and the Netherlands on extending until August 1, 2018 the agreement between the countries on the international mission on protecting the investigation. Text of the draft law is currently unavailable.

The agreement on the international mission protecting the investigation was signed on July 28, 2014. In November 2016 the parliament extended it for a year.

As reported, the Boeing 777 belonging to Malaysia Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was shot out of the sky killing all 298 passengers on board.

The international joint investigatory group (Joint Investigation Team, JIT), which is comprised of prosecutors and law-enforcement officials from Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, and Malaysia, as well as EU legal officials, on September 28, 2016 presented its findings in the criminal investigation of the tragedy.

"The JIT concluded that MH17 was downed by a rocket, Series 9M38, launched from a self-propelled ground-to-missile launcher BUK-TELAR, in a farming area in the region of Pervomaiske village. The area is currently held by pro-Russian militant groups. Investigators said missile complex was delivered to Ukraine from the Russian Federation and returned there after the downing," the findings said.

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