‘Ukraine bears full responsibility for crash’

Russia’s defence minister on Wednesday told his Malaysian counterpart that that Ukraine bore full responsibility for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash that left 298 dead.

‘The crash happened in the airspace of Ukraine which bears full, total responsibility for what has happened,’ Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told Hishammuddin Hussein, who was in Moscow to discuss the ongoing MH17 investigation.

‘I am convinced that if Ukraine solved its domestic problems without the use of armed forces, without the bloodshed there over the past month, without the use of heavy artillery... this tragedy would not have happened,’ Shoigu said in televised remarks.

Hishammuddin arrived in Moscow a day after Dutch investigators released a preliminary report on the 17 July disaster. ‘I very much appreciate your patience,’ he told Russian authorities, referring to the ongoing investigation. 


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