Last year’s Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash will dominate Ukraine’s agenda as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.
Ukraine, alongside Egypt, Senegal, Uruguay and Japan, was elected at the UN General Assembly earlier to become non-permanent Security Council members starting January 1, 2016. Klimkin stressed a need “to bring perpetrators to justice” through a “legal vehicle.”
Flight MH17, en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, was shot down on July 17, 2014, over the Donetsk countryside in east Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
The Dutch Safety Board issued a final report on Tuesday saying the airliner was shot down with an Almaz-Antey arms manufacturer-made Buk surface-to-air missile that detonated next to the aircraft. The organization said an additional forensic investigation will be needed to establish the exact launch location of the missile.
Almaz-Antey launched a separate probe into the MH17 crash, finding that the 9M38 Buk system missile was launched from the region of Zaroshchenske, controlled by Ukrainian forces at the time.
On July 29, Russia vetoed a draft UNSC resolution to set up an international tribunal, proposed by Malaysia and backed by Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine. Moscow said that the initiative was counterproductive and premature because the investigation into the crash had not yet been completed at the time.
Russian Ambassador to Malaysia Valery Yermolov said later on Thursday Malaysia could choose a jurisdiction outside the UNSC to establish a tribunal to prosecute the perpetrators of the crash.