Five years on from the MH17 crash, the Australian and Dutch governments are still investigating Russia as victims' families search for answers

Business Insider | 7/17/2019 | Business Insider Australia
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Five years after flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing everyone on board including 38 Australians, authorities are still searching for answers.

The Australian government used the anniversary to affirm its commitment to the ongoing investigation of four pro-Russian military officers accused of firing the missile.

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While governments from around the world called on Russia to accept responsibility, it continues to deny any involvement, instead accusing Ukrainian forces of the attack.

The families of victims will gather in Amsterdam on Wednesday to remember those they lost.

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On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed flying over Ukraine. All of the 298 people on board were killed, including 38 Australians, and almost 200 Dutch.

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Five years on, its victims are being remembered as the governments of Australia and the Netherlands continue to investigate exactly what happened on that day. Both countries believe the Russian state was responsible for shooting the aircraft down — an allegation that Russia has denied.

In a joint statement, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Australian Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton said Australia was committed to finding answers.

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"While nothing can bring back those who lost their lives, the Australian government remains resolute in its commitment to pursuing accountability for the downing and to achieve justice for the victims and their loved ones."

Shortly after the crash, Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers travelled to Europe to bring the bodies of victims home and begin collecting evidence as part of an international forensics team. Just last month that team officially accused four pro-Russia military officers of being responsible.


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