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Ukraine court releases MH17 'suspect' pending trial

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:33 PM

European lawmakers have described Vladimir Tsemakh as a 'key suspect' and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe

RELEASED. Vladimir Tsemakh, a Ukrainian man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, is about to leave a dock of Kiev court of appeal after the court verdict in Kiev on September 5, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

'Justice for the dead' sought 5 years after MH17 crash

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The remembrance services in the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur come less than a month after international investigators charged 3 Russians and a Ukrainian with the murder of the 298 people who died

COMMEMORATION. Relatives of passengers who perished aboard flight Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine five years ago, listen to a speech during a commemoration ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

4 charged with murder over downing of MH17

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) The move ramps up international pressure on Moscow over the downing of the plane

Flight MH17 crash probe set to name suspects

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:40 AM

The Dutch-led probe says it will first inform families, and then hold a press conference to unveil 'developments in the criminal investigation' into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Russia's defence ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov (R) and the Chief of the Main Rocket and Artillery Department Lt. Gen. Nikolai Parshin attend a press briefing dedicated to the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane operating flight MH17 in Moscow on September 17, 2018. All 298 people on the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when a Russian-made Buk missile slammed into the plane over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Five countries – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – continue to investigate the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Malaysia Airlines could be sold or shut down – PM

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it,' says Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

MH17 lawyer tells Putin to 'make amends' over crash

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:24 PM

My clients have waited 3 years Mr Putin There is still no accountability says Jerome Skinner an American lawyer representing victims from Australia Malaysia New Zealand and the Netherlands

Malaysia Airlines reaches settlement with family over MH17

May 02, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Perth couple Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris lost their children Evie 10 Mo 12 and Otis 8 along with their grandfather on the Boeing 777 which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Ukraine files 'terrorism' case against Russia at world court

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:59 PM

Ukraine also asks the International Court of Justice to order full reparation for the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine

A photo taken on September 9, 2014 shows a person holding the preliminary report 'Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17' in front of the Dutch Safety Board (Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid, OVV) in The Hague. Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

MH17 probe 'biased', Moscow 'disappointed' – foreign ministry

Sep 28, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Russia is disappointed that the situation around the investigation of the Boeing catastrophe is not changing foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says in a statement

INVESTIGATION. (L-R) Malaysia's Public Prosecutor Mohamad Hanafia bin Zakaria, Ryal Malaysia Police Inspector General Khalid bin Abu Bakar, Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke, Dutch Head of Central Crime Investigation of the National Police, Wilbert Paulissen and Ukraine's First Deputy Prosecutor General Dmytri Storozhuk, present the preliminary results of the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 , in Nieuwegein, on September 28, 2016. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Missile which downed MH17 transported from Russia, inquiry finds

Sep 28, 2016 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED But the Dutch led investigation did not directly accuse Moscow of supplying the BUK missile and its transporter system – and the Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement

RESULTS OUT. Members of a joint investigation team present the preliminary results of the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 , in Nieuwegein, on September 28, 2016. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Dutch-led team to release initial MH17 criminal probe

Sep 28, 2016 - 11:09 AM

UPDATED A Dutch led international team of criminal investigators will release initial findings into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 amid growing frustration among relatives over the probe s pace

The wrecked cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is exhibited during a presentation of the final report on the cause of the its crash at the Gilze Rijen airbase October 13, 2015. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Malaysia Airlines to buy 50 Boeing jets

Jul 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The airline s new CEO Peter Bellew describes the Boeing deal as a game changer

epa05443169 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew (L) and Senior Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific and India for Boeing, Dinesh Keskar (R) pose with miniatures of 737 MAX aircraft models after a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 27 July 2016. Malaysia Airlines and Boeing announced a deal for 50 737 MAX aircraft, with 25 firm orders and 25 purchase rights. Deliveries will commence in 2019. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Two years on, villagers, relatives mourn MH17 crash

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:40 PM

UPDATED Majority of the families of the 196 Dutch victims reach an agreement with Malaysia Airlines for compensation

Local villagers place pictures of the passengers of MH17 flight at a makeshift memorial in Petropavlivka village, Donetsk region, on the second anniversary of the tragedy on July 17, 2016. Dozens of local villagers gathered on July 17 in separatist eastern Ukraine at the crash site of the MH17 flight two years after the jet was hit by a missile killing 298 people. Some 60 local people carried flowers and lit the candles on the small square of the village of Petropavlivka where some of the remains and personal belongings of passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur fell to the ground. / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey Filippov

MH17 families brace for legal fight on second anniversary

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:05 PM

The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles on the eve of the tragedy s second anniversary

In this file photo, the wrecked cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is presented to the press during a presentation of the final report on the cause of the its crash at the Gilze Rijen airbase October 13, 2015. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

MH17 criminal probe results due within months – prosecutor

Jun 04, 2016 - 5:19 PM

The results are expected to shed light on the exact type of missile used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

MH17. A photograph made available on 17 May 2016 showing the reconstructed front of the Malaysia Airlines plane that was downed by a missile over Ukraine, killing 298 people, Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base, The Netherlands, 13 October 2015. Photo by Lloyed Jones/EPA

Families of MH17 crew file suit against Malaysia Airlines

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED The families blame the airline for the tragedy saying it dispatched and executed the MH17 flight over an area known to be under armed conflict

epa04976050 A section of the rebuilt fuselage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a press conference to present the report findings of the Dutch Safety Board in Gilze Rijen, The Netherlands, 13 October 2015. The Dutch Safety Board was to present its final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year. MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in rebel-controlled territory on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board. EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

MH17 victim families sue Putin, Russia in European rights court

May 21, 2016 - 9:09 PM

Families of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 are suing President Vladimir Putin and Russia for Aus 10 million each in the European Court of Human Rights

THE SEARCH. Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service search for bodies in a field near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabove), in Donetsk region on July 26, 2014. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFs

Netherlands 'has all US information' on MH17 – investigator

Mar 08, 2016 - 1:41 PM

The announcement comes after a meeting between investigators and relatives of the victims who were concerned about the progress of the probe

A picture taken on November 7, 2014, shows parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Dutch to establish spot from which MH17 missile was fired soon

Feb 19, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Officials with the Dutch Safety Board earlier said that the Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian made BUK anti aircraft missile over war torn eastern Ukraine

Dutch experts set up a sign reading 'No entrance! The remains of flight MH17 crash victims may be placed here' at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines passenger jet MH17, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 11 November 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Malaysia Airlines does U-turn on suitcase ban

Jan 06, 2016 - 6:29 PM

The troubled carrier defends the temporary restriction saying that safety was of utmost priority in its operations

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE. The move by troubled Malaysia Airlines to limit baggage allowance is blasted as "ludicrous" and "strange" by industry analysts. File photo by Francis Silvan / Agence France-Presse

Duterte’s peace agenda, Saudi-Iran ties, MH17 probe | 12PM wRap

Jan 04, 2016 - 12:34 PM

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Dutch investigators to study citizen journalism probe into MH17

Jan 04, 2016 - 8:35 AM

The claims are made by a British based group of citizen investigative journalists called Bellingcat

INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane, near the village of Grabove, 100 km from Donetsk, Ukraine, August 1, 2014. File Photo by Igor Kovalenko/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Church burned in Aceh, survivor found from chopper crash

Oct 14, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the results of the MH17 probe Thailand s big football win against Vietnam and Indonesia as the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair

HELICOPTER. The helicopter that crashed was of this model. File photo: EPA

Miriam for president, Poe’s ratings, MH17 probe | 6PM wRap

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:35 PM

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MH17 shot down by BUK missile from war-torn Ukraine

Oct 13, 2015 - 4:01 PM

UPDATED Even though the Dutch led inquiry did not say who pulled the trigger Russian officials disputed the findings set to further degrade strained ties between Moscow and the West

INVESTIGATION. Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane, near the village of Grabove, 100 km from Donetsk, Ukraine, August 1, 2014. File Photo by Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Families brace for final MH17 air crash report

Oct 11, 2015 - 12:38 PM

The report comes 15 months after the July 2014 crash of MH17 where 298 people died when the plane was brought down during heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro Russian separatists

Dutch experts set up a sign reading 'No entrance! The remains of flight MH17 crash victims may be placed here' at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines passenger jet MH17, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 11 November 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

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Aug 12, 2015 - 6:12 PM

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MH17 investigators say 'possible' BUK missile parts found

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Investigators probing the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 say they had identified pieces that possibly come from a Russian made BUK missile from eastern Ukraine where the plane crashed

INVESTIGATION. Debris of the MH17 plane crash brought back from the crash site in eastern Ukraine is on display for friends and family of the flight's victims at airbase Gilze-Rijen in Rijen, The Netherlands, 03 March 2015. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen / EPA

Russia vetoes UN resolution on MH17 tribunal

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Its ambassador Vitaly Churkin launches into a lengthy defense of Russia s actions dishing the blame onto others

INVESTIGATION. Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane, near the village of Grabove, 100 km from Donetsk, Ukraine, August 1, 2014. File Photo by Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Australia 'sickened' as new MH17 footage emerges

Jul 17, 2015 - 9:45 AM

The newspaper claims the footage only obtained this week is filmed by the rebels themselves as they capture what they initially believe to be a Ukrainian air force fighter jet they had shot down

INVESTIGATION. Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane, near the village of Grabove, 100 km from Donetsk, Ukraine, August 1, 2014. File Photo by Igor Kovalenko/EPA

MH17 families sue Ukraine rebel for $900 million

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Relatives of 17 victims are being represented by a US based firm specialising in aviation litigation which is claiming at least 50 million for each of the plaintiffs loved ones

As first anniversary looms, MH17 families demand justice

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:56 PM

It s Ramadan and we feel the sadness

DAY OF MOURNING. A young boy lights a candle in commemoration of the victims of Malaysia Airlines plane accident in eastern Ukraine in front of the Dutch embassy in Kiev, Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Malaysia moves ahead with proposed UN tribunal for MH17 culprits

Jul 03, 2015 - 12:06 PM

Malaysia says it plans to present a draft resolution soon on creating a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine

THE SEARCH. Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service search for bodies in a field near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabove), in Donetsk region on July 26, 2014. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFs

Nearly half of MH17's wreckage still in Ukraine

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:24 AM

The rebels and Moscow accuse the Ukrainian military of shooting the jet out of the sky

UN seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:13 AM

We are either looking at a return to a deepening intractable conflict or a momentary upsurge in parts of the conflict zone We cannot afford either scenario says UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman

CEASEFIRE? Ukrainian servicemen patrol the area in the town of Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, June 5, 2015. This week has seen the deadliest fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military since a ceasefire deal was signed in February. Photo by Alex Rom/EPA

Dutch FM in Moscow to discuss prosecuting MH17 culprits

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:06 PM

The Netherlands is tasked with leading the investigation into the cause of the accident and identifying the victims

Malaysia Airlines 'technically bankrupt', new CEO says

Jun 01, 2015 - 2:05 PM

2nd UPDATE Malaysia Airlines sends termination letters to all of its roughly 20 000 employees followed by new contracts offered to 14 000 of them – trimming around 6 000 jobs

Malaysia Airlines planes are seen at departure gates at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

New Malaysia Airlines CEO warns of tough path ahead

May 08, 2015 - 10:18 PM

‘Since the new airline will be smaller in size we simply have not enough work for all of you ’ Christoph Mueller says in a memo to employees

Last MH17 crash remains arrive in Netherlands

May 03, 2015 - 12:07 AM

The remains will be taken to a forensic laboratory for identification To date all but two of the 298 victims have been identified

ARRIVAL. Dutch military personnel carry a coffin with the last remains of Dutch victims of the MH17 plane crash after arriving at Eindhoven Airport in Eindhoven, on May 2, 2015. Sander Koning/AFP

Malaysia Airlines 'exploring fleet options'

May 02, 2015 - 1:19 PM

Meanwhile the airline s new German CEO Christoph Mueller has taken over the reins Friday

Malaysia airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Dutch expert fired after showing MH17 victim photos

Apr 24, 2015 - 8:04 AM

The lecture was given in early April to an audience of around 150 people and showing the photos would have been allowed for educational purposes if the general public were not allowed in

SEARCH RESUMES. Dutch authorities resume search for bodies and debris. File photo by EPA

'Many' human remains found at MH17 crash site – Dutch

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Investigators also recover around 50 cubic metres around 1 750 cubic feet of plane wreckage as well as personal effects including jewellery passports and photographs

In this file photo, people carry a stretcher with a body bag past debris of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine, at the crash site near Donetsk, Ukraine, July 19, 2014. Anastacia Vlasova/EPA

MH17 crash prosecution now key priority – Dutch minister

Apr 17, 2015 - 10:13 AM

The Netherlands takes the lead in the investigation into the cause of the incident and the identification of the victims of the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

SEARCH RESUMES. Dutch authorities resume search for bodies and debris. File photo by EPA

Dutch to renew MH17 crash site search

Apr 16, 2015 - 12:06 AM

The search will focus on finding body parts and debris

Dutch seek BUK missile witnesses in MH17 crash probe

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:04 AM

Dutch public prosecutor s office: investigators are looking for witnesses who can tell more about the transport crew and launch of a BUK rocket in the area in the days before and after the crash

CLOSER LOOK. Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane, near the village of Grabove, 100 km from Donetsk, Ukraine, 01 August 2014. Igor Kovalenko/EPA

New year mishaps, AirAsia update, 'thriftier' Filipinos | The wRap

Jan 01, 2015 - 8:35 PM

China stampede fire in Philippines greet 2015 Relatives of AirAsia crash victims give DNA samples to help identify bodies in Indonesia A study shows Filipinos were thriftier in 2014

'Is it a curse?' Prayers for missing AirAsia plane

Dec 29, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Nine months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared followed by the shooting down of MH17 the latest disappearance is the third crisis for a Malaysian airline this year

012. A relative shows a picture of alleged passengers who were travelling on missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 on her mobile phone screen at the airport in Surabaya, East Java, on December 28, 2014. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Russia says Ukrainian pilot behind MH17 crash

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:34 PM

Russian investigators say they have new proof from a witness that a Ukrainian pilot fired a missile on the day of the Malaysia Airlines crash which killed 298 people

WRECK. A man walks on July 17, 2014 amongst the wreckage of Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Alexander Khudoteply