UK urges Russia to admit responsibility for downing MH17

UK urges Russia to admit responsibility for downing MH17

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The UK fully supports Australia and the Netherlands in their call on the Russian Federation to accept state responsibility for shooting down the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

This is said in a statement by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the plane crash.

"The UK fully supports Australia and the Netherlands in their call on the Russian Federation to accept state responsibility, and to cooperate with them in their efforts to deliver justice for the victims of this tragedy. The UK will continue to fully support the work of the Joint Investigation Team and the UK calls on the Russian Federation to cooperate fully with investigation and to provide any assistance it requests in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2166. It is vital this investigation leads to a prosecution and that those responsible are held accountable for this appalling crime," the statement reads.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) added that thanks to the painstaking work of the Joint Investigation Team over the past 4 years, the world now knows that MH17 was shot down by a Russian Buk-type missile, belonging to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Military Brigade of the Russian army.

As reported, the foreign ministers of the G7 member countries strongly condemned the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and urged Russia to be held accountable for its role in this accident.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people onboard were killed.

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