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(FILE) - Part of the wreckage at the main crash site of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over the eastern Ukraine region, near Grabovo, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine, 20 July 2014 (reissued 25 May 2018). Australia and The Netherlands on 25 May 2018, have formally accused Russia of being responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 777 plane flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, resulting in the death of 298 people. EPA-EFE Photo
(FILE) - Part of the wreckage at the main crash site of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over the eastern Ukraine region, near Grabovo, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine, 20 July 2014 (reissued 25 May 2018). Australia and The Netherlands on 25 May 2018, have formally accused Russia of being responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 777 plane flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, resulting in the death of 298 people. EPA-EFE Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is unwavering in its resolve to hold those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014 accountable for their actions.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said Malaysia and the other members of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) would not rest until they have secured justice for the innocent victims of MH17, and provide closure for the victims’ loved ones.

PTransport Minister Anthony Loke. Pix by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor
PTransport Minister Anthony Loke. Pix by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor

He said this during a joint courtesy call by the Dutch ambassador and Australian high commissioner to Malaysia, Karin Mossenlechner and Andrew Goledzinowski, respectively, yesterday.

A statement on the courtesy call was released by the Foreign Ministry today.

The meeting discussed various issues of mutual interest including bilateral transportation issues, MH370, as well as the latest developments concerning MH17.

“Loke commended the JIT on the progress of its investigation and reaffirmed Malaysia’s position as per the government statement issued on May 25, 2018,” said the statement.

Loke reiterated that Malaysia was carefully and thoroughly studying the latest findings of the JIT criminal investigations and he also stressed on Malaysia’s continued commitment to the JIT’s collective effort for justice.

KA damaged missile is displayed during a news conference by members of the Joint Investigation Team, comprising the authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine who present interim results in the ongoing investigation of the 2014 MH17 crash that killed 298 people over eastern Ukraine, in Bunnik, Netherlands, May 24, 2018. REUTERS Photo
KA damaged missile is displayed during a news conference by members of the Joint Investigation Team, comprising the authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine who present interim results in the ongoing investigation of the 2014 MH17 crash that killed 298 people over eastern Ukraine, in Bunnik, Netherlands, May 24, 2018. REUTERS Photo

On May 25, Wisma Putra released a statement saying that Malaysia remained resolute in the pursuit to prosecute those responsible for the MH17 tragedy.

In this regard, it said, Malaysia appreciated the presentation on the latest report by JIT on May 24, and the way forward on the criminal investigation as well as its related press statements.

After four years of investigation into the downing of Flight MH17, JIT said the jetliner was shot down by a Russian BUK anti-aircraft missile.

In a statement published on its website JIT said the team was convinced that a BUK was used to down MH17, and that it originated from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (53rd Brigade), which is a unit of the Russian Army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

The JIT looking into the incident is made up of Dutch prosecutors and police and others from Australia, Malaysia and Ukraine.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people onboard were killed. – Bernama

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