Ukraine: Aviation

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th October 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 176289, if he will assess the effect of Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) activity on the achievement of justice for the victims of Flight MH17.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The UK is committed to supporting the families of the ten British Nationals who lost their lives in the MH17 crash. UK police (Family Liaison Officers) continue to update the bereaved families of the MH17 disaster in response to information from the Joint Investigation Team in The Netherlands.

Thanks to the thorough and painstaking work of the Joint Investigation Team over the past four years, we know that the aircraft was brought down by a Russian Buk-type missile belonging to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Military Brigade of the Russian army which was launched from an area held by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Government must now account for its actions. We have not made a specific assessment of the impact of the GRU’s activity on the achievement of justice for the victims of flight MH17. All organisations involved in the criminal investigation and process to establish international responsibility for MH17 have an acute awareness of the threat from Russia to the integrity of the process.

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