Today we commemorate the victims of the horrific Russian crime - the downing of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. Nine years ago, the crash resulted in the tragic deaths of 298 people, including 80 children. We express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the passengers and crew members on board.
The downing of Flight MH17 is one of the most howling pages of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and made it clear that the actions of the aggressor state have consequences for the entire world community.
We call on all states and parties involved to fully cooperate in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2166 (2014) to hold Russia and all those guilty accountable for this shameful and brutal violation of international law.
We welcome the decision by the District Court of The Hague, which found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment three people responsible for shooting down Flight MH17. We also welcome the decisions of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Court of Human Rights, which found its jurisdiction to consider disputes regarding Russia's violation of its international legal obligations.
During oral hearings at the International Court of Justice in June 2023, Ukraine emphasized Russia's violations of the provisions of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, in particular, through the transportation of lethal weapons to the territory of Ukraine, which led to the downing of Flight MH17.
Ukraine will continue to make all possible efforts to establish justice for the victims of the tragedy, hold Russia and all guilty accountable and have guarantees of non-repetition of such a tragic incident.