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Government justice call over Britons shot down in doomed flight over Ukraine

Published 17/07/2015

People walk among the debris at the crash site of the passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine (AP)
People walk among the debris at the crash site of the passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine (AP)

The Foreign Secretary has said "justice must be delivered" as the world marked the anniversary of the MH17 disaster which killed 298 people

Ten Britons were on board the Malaysia Airlines Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight which was brought down over Ukraine by a missile one year ago.

Detailed investigations into who was responsible were on going with the Dutch Safety Board due to publish its findings later this year.

Philip Hammond said a prosecution by an international tribunal, backed by a UN resolution, must follow.

Ukraine and the West have said the airliner was destroyed by a Russian surface-to-air missile, fired by Russian soldiers or separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.

But Russia has claimed the airliner was shot down by a Ukrainian missile or a warplane.

The Foreign Secretary said: "A year ago today, 298 people, including 80 children, lost their lives on MH17.

"The impact of this tragic event has been felt around the world, particularly in the Netherlands, Malaysia and Australia and on this day, I offer my renewed condolences to everyone affected.

"The UK Government will continue to provide consular support to the families of the 10 British nationals who died.

"Later this year, the Dutch Safety Board will publish its definitive technical report after which we expect further progress with the criminal investigation, which seeks to identify who was responsible.

"The highly professional team of investigators have been sifting through vast quantities of evidence, gathered painstakingly in the face of frequent obstruction and delays.

"Justice must be delivered for the 298 innocent people who lost their lives.

"That requires an international tribunal, backed by a resolution binding all UN member states, to prosecute those responsible.

"Any attempt to undermine this process would deprive the victims of justice and cannot be tolerated."

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