Developments since crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine

11th August 2015, Comments 0 comments

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

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