The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down from the territory controlled by Donbass militia with a weapon that could only have come from Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.
"Unfortunately, this commercial airliner and the 298 people abroad fell victim to a relentless terrorist attack from a territory occupied by the Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. The high-tech weapons used to down the plane could only have fallen in the hands of the terrorists only from Russia," a report on the anniversary of the Malaysian Boeing crash, which was posted on the official presidential website on July 17, says.
Poroshenko said those guilty of downing the plane will unavoidably be punished. "A year ago we pledged that persons responsible for the tragedy would be punished. These are not empty words. Murderers must know that the punishment can't be avoided," Poroshenko said.
Poroshenko said the people of Ukraine took the crash as their personal tragedy and expressed their support and sincere compassion to the victims' families and loved ones. "Our moral duty to honor the memory of the people who were killed is to ensure a fair punishment for those guilty of downing the plane," Poroshenko said.
"This crime poses a threat to the entire international community. Justice needs to be done and readiness to defend basic values needs to be demonstrated. This real act of cruelty cannot be forgiven in the modern world. Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Netherlands have recently asked the UN Security Council to found an international criminal tribunal for those guilty of the crimes related to the plane crash. Like all last year, Ukraine is ready to continue providing all necessary support and information needed for subjecting those guilty to liability," the president said.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed. They included 192 Dutch nationals (one also had a U.S. citizenship), 44 Malaysians, including 15 crew members, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, ten Britons (one also had a South African citizenship), four Germans and four Belgians, three Filipinos, one Canadian and one New Zealander.
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