Joint work with Netherlands to investigate MH17 disaster must continue – Ukrainian Prosecutor General
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin has said that cooperation between Ukraine and the Netherlands to investigate the Malaysian Airlines MH17 disaster in Donetsk region last summer must continue.
"Shokin is sure of the necessity to continue the cooperation in investigating this tragedy in order to establish all the circumstances before the accident happened and after that. He also noted that unbiased truth had to be found out under this criminal proceeding, and those guilty must stand trial and undergo punishment," the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported on the results of Shokin's meeting with his Dutch counterpart Herman Bolhaar in Kyiv on June 8.
In turn, Bolhaar thanked his Ukrainian colleagues for their professionalism and constructive cooperation, as well as for creating favorable work conditions for the joint investigative group.
The parties agreed to coordinate their further steps.
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with the flight number MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Everyone onboard the plane was killed. The most probable theory behind the disaster was that the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired from the conflict zone in Donbas.
At the beginning of May, Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Gerard Adriaan van der Steur said that the work of the international search mission to investigate the disaster had come to an end. According to him, the bodies of two passengers remain unidentified.
At the beginning of June, the Security Service of Ukraine said that the Dutch experts were planning to finish DNA analysis of the remains of the passengers before July 1, 2015. The remains of the deceased passengers will be released to their relatives a month after that.