Please join us at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco to commemorate 1 Year victims of the Malaysian plane which was shot down by pro-Russian insurgents called Donbass People’s Militia over Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.
283 passengers and 15 crew on board lost their lives when allegedly a missile fired from Buk surface-to-air missile hit Malaysian Boeing 777-200ER plane which was flying over Eastern Ukraine at over 10,000 meters altitude heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At local time 4:20 pm it disappeared from Radars.
Russian citizen and one of the leaders of pro-Russian terrorists in Eastern Ukraine Igor Girkin http://en.wikipedia.org/
At the altitude of over 10,000 meters the airplane was reachable by Buk surface-to-air missile: http://en.wikipedia.org/
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the crash the result of an act of terrorism, and also called for an international investigation into the crash. Russian President Putin said that Ukraine bears responsibility for the incident which happened in its territory, which he said would not have happened if hostilities had not resumed in the south-east of Ukraine. By end of July a Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev said in an interview for German Die Welt that there’s no doubts that it was the separatists who shot down the plane by mistake and “Putin now understood that he has passed the weapon to wrong people”
The Netherlands is discussing with the other JIT members a proposal to create an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing the Malaysian airliner. This court would take up the case after the closing of the current criminal investigation.