Australia's Foreign Senator, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Minister for Home Affairs and MP Peter Dutton have made a joint statement on the fifth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donbas, saying that Australia's government remains resolute in its commitment to pursuing accountability for the tragedy. The letter called on the Russian government to "take [its] share of responsibility" for the disaster and to stop its "disingenuous denials ... lies and deceit".
Despite conflicting signals from Malaysia's government, the relatives said they supported findings of the global investigative team that led to the four suspects being charged with murder. "This event is purely for the victims and their next of kin", he said.
As reported, Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was shot down over Donetsk region on July 17, 2014.
Relatives and friends of those killed after a missile shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) have expressed dismay at the Malaysian Prime Minister's belief that Russian Federation has been scapegoated in subsequent investigations.
The three Russians were named as Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin (48), Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy (56) and Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov (52).
Top EU diplomat Federica Mogherini urged Moscow to help with the ongoing investigation. The Ukranian is Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko (47).
Payne said the JIT took a "significant step towards justice and accountability" when it last month moved to indict three Russians and a Ukrainian over the incident.
Under Dutch law, that means they can be held jointly accountable for downing flight MH17 even if that was not their intention. The Dutch-led JIT concluded that the plane was brought down by the missile, which came from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, based near the Russian city of Kursk.
The men will be prosecuted for causing the crash of the Boeing 777 and the death of all those under one section of Dutch law and their murder under another.
The United States and Ukraine have not yet provided the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) with their data on the 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in the east of Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin said in an interview.
He noted criminal cases against the suspects were being transferred to the competent authority of the Netherlands, where a trial on respective charges would start in March 2020.
Ukraine's Security Service said Wednesday it has arrested the driver of the towing trailer that transported the Buk across the border.
"Without JIT we won't be this far into this investigation".