Russia is responsible for shooting down at least 2 passenger aircraft insofar known. First, a Soviet Su-15 interceptor shoots Korean Air flight 007 on September 1, 1983. Needless to say that the Soviet Union denies to have knowledge of the incident. Only later on they admit it, claiming that the plane was on a spy mission. This may have been induced by the flight number (007).
It is painful to talk about monetary compensation for the next of kin of the victims of the tragedies with to 2 flights of Malaysia airlines. First, the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 on March 14, 2014 while it is en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Second, the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 by a Russian BUK missile.Read more
On May 23, 2018 Australia and the Netherlands announce they are holding Russia liable for downing a codeshare flight of Malaysia Airlines (MH17) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL4103) on July 17, 2014.
Downing of flight MH17The Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok visits Australia In late March 2019. His ministry quotes him as saying: ‘I want to stress: we will not rest until we have uncovered the truth surrounding the downing of flight MH17 and achieved justice for the victims and next of kin".
The Dutch and Australian governments took a bold and unusual step on May 25, 2018. One day after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) presented its report of a criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the 2 governments said to hold Russia responsible for the murder of the 298 people on board MH17. The 2 countries demand not only that Russia will take its responsibility, but also that it will cooperate in finding the truth and justice. So far, however, Russia has done everything to deny any...Read more
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 presented on May 24, 2018 an update of the state of play in its criminal investigation. The JIT concludes that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk, Russia. The conclusions are based on extensive comparative research including images of the BUK-TELAR. They are available because it was recorded several times when it joined a convoy on June...Read more
Three years ago Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a Russian Buk missile launched form Russian-backed rebels controlled territory. It seems likely that it was a mistake and that the perpetrators thought they had shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft. Minutes after the disaster the Russian commander Igor Girkin – also known as Igor Strelkov - proudly tweeted they had just downed a plane. When it appeared to be a passenger plane, he deleted the tweet. Russia was in 2015 the only member of the UN...Read more