Developments since crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine
Investigators probing the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down in July 2014 in eastern Ukraine, said Tuesday they had identified possible Russian-made BUK missile fragments from eastern Ukraine.
These are the main developments since the plane crashed in rebel-held east Ukraine killing all 298 people aboard:
-- 2014 --
- July 17: A Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashes close to the village of Grabove, in the strife-torn region of Donetsk in east Ukraine. Dutch nationals account for 196 of the dead.
- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks of a "terrorist act". Pro-Russian rebels claim that the airliner was shot down by a Ukrainian jet. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine "bears responsibility" for the crash.
- July 18: US President Barack Obama says a missile fired from separatist-held territory is to blame. He says rebels would not have been able to hit the airliner without Russian support.
- US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, says the plane was probably shot down by an SA-11, a common variant of Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile.
- July 21: The UN Security Council adopts a resolution condemning the attack and demanding crash site access.
- July 22: Rebels hand over the plane's two black boxes to Malaysian experts.
- September 9: A first report released by the Netherlands says MH17 split into pieces during flight after being hit by numerous high-speed objects.
-- 2015 --
- June 30: Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur says chances of finding human remains of the last two victims of the crash are "unlikely".
- July 17: In the Netherlands and other countries relatives of victims of flight MH17 join emotional memorials. Britain calls for an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible.
- July 29: Russia vetoes a UN Security Council resolution, drafted by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, that seeks to set up a tribunal.
- August 11: Investigators probing the crash say they have identified seven large fragments "probably" from a BUK surface-air-missile system".
© 2015 AFP