Contents tagged with MH17

  • Kremlin confirms secret negotiations with the Netherlands on MH17 air disaster

    Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko confirmed that Russia and the Netherlands are conducting secret negotiations  the MH17 air disaster, reports Lenta.ru news outlet.

    "Such consultations are taking place, but we have agreed to maintain confidentiality in this process," he said.

    Earlier, it was reported that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held secret talks with Russian President Putin in Russia, on June 28.

    Earlier, it was reported that the Security Service of …

  • Ukrainian Security Service classifies former DPR anti-air commander case

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has classified the criminal case against former Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) anti-air defense commander Vladimir Tsemakh, the SBU said in response to an inquiry from the Ukrainski Novyny News Agency.

    Previously it was reported from the Unified Registry of Court Rulings that the Shevchenkivskiy District Court of Kyiv had chosen on June 28, 2019 to hold Tsemakh in pretrial detention.

    In its response to the inquiry, the SBU did not mention the reason for …

  • Ukrainian Security Service arrests DPR militant who transported Buk missile system used to shoot down MH17

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has identified a militant from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) who helped transport the Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher that was used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft over the Donbas.

    This was announced by Vitaliy Mayakov, deputy head of the SBU’s Chief Investigative Directorate, during press conference, as cited by Ukrainski Novyny news agency.

    Mayakov also presented a cellphone video showing the Buk missile system being …

  • Girkin confirms that militant captured by Ukrainian Security Service was commander of air defense during MH17 air disaster

    Ex-Minister of Defense of the so-called DPR (Donetsk People's Republic) Igor Girkin (Strelkov) confirmed that the Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Tsemakh who had been captured by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU)  in the town of Snizhne, was "the commander of the air defense" of the pro-Russia militants in July 2014.

    "Borisovich" (a nickname of Tsemakh) was the chief of  air defense in Snizhne in July-August 2014. Before that, he was the crew commander of of ZU-23-2 anti-air systems in …

  • Ukraine captures DPR anti-air commander in Snizhne near MH17 crash site

    Ukrainian intelligence forces have captured Vladimir Tsemakh, a former air defense commander in the separatist-controlled city of Snizhne, which is close to where the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in 2014.

    According to BBC’s Russian service, Tsemakh was arrested in his apartment in Snizhne on 27 July. According to his relatives and attorney, Ukrainian intelligence officers took him to Kyiv-controlled territory, where he was placed under arrest for two months.

    “On 28 June, the …

  • MH17 disaster foundation opposes Russia’s reinstatement in PACE

    The Dutch MH17 Disaster Foundation, Stichting Vliegramp, founded to assist the families of those killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014, has demanded the deferment of Russia’s reinstatement in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Telegraaf reports, citing a letter from the organization to the PACE.

    The foundation is concerned that Russia did not collaborate with the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that investigated the …

  • PACE supports Russia's return to Council of Europe

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution that returns the right of the Russian Federation to vote at the meetings of the Assembly.

    One hundred eighteen euro-deputies supported the decision, sixty-two deputies voted against, and ten abstained, said First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko.

    The resolution changes the PACE rules and complicates the procedure for applying sanctions, in particular against Russia.

    Earlier, members …

  • Putin prepared to talk to Trump

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he is willing to talk to US President Donald Trump, if that is what his American colleague wants. However, Putin observed that Trump’s re-election campaign could complicate Russia-US relations.

    Trump said previously that he is expecting to meet with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, although Moscow claims it has not yet received any official requests for a meeting.

    Relations between the two countries are tense due to a …

  • Russia’s leaders could face charges in MH17 murder case

    Charges could be brought against high-ranking Russian officials and military officers in the MH17 murder case, said Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

    “We will start with the soldiers and end with the generals and politicians,” he remarked.

    Lutsenko noted that, at a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) press conference in the Netherlands, relatives of the victims had asked whether it would be possible to press charges against Russian President Vladimir Putin. …

  • The Netherlands demands that Malaysia clarify its position regarding Russia’s responsibility of MH17 air disaster

    The Dutch government demanded that Malaysia clarify the latest statements made by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad questioning Russia's responsibility the MH17 air disaster, as reported by the Dutch news outlet NOS.

    The Dutch government made an appeal to Malaysia, demanding that it clarify the latest statements issued by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. This week in the Malaysian media, he questioned Russia's responsibility for the MH17 catastrophe, NOS reports.

    Previously, Malaysian Prime …