Dutch Residents Express Disappointment in Tsemakh Exchange
Volodymyr Tsemakh, a suspect in the MH17 downing, was sent to Russia as part of a prisoner exchange with Ukraine
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“Plane Crash” foundation board member Piet Ploeg is disappointed with the transfer of Donbas militant Vladimir Tsemakh to Russia, Ukrinform reported from The Hague.
“We [relatives of the victims of the tragedy] are very dissatisfied with Tsemakh’s transfer from Ukraine to Russia. This should not have happened because Tsemsakh is a suspect in the MH17 case. We understand that Ukraine has a very difficult dilemma. Tsemakh is not Russian. Having received Tsemakh, Russia will keep an important suspect away from the International Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and the trial,” he said.
According to him, Russia is violating UN Security Council Resolution 2166, which requires that those responsible for the tragedy be held accountable and that all states cooperate fully in efforts to establish those responsible.
“This is more than a lack of co-operation in the investigation. It is a conscious opposition to the investigation. Thus, Russia is violating UN Security Council Resolution 2166 and international law. And that is absolutely unacceptable to us,” Ploeg said.
Dutch resident Ploeg lost his brother, daughter-in-law and nephew in the downing of the Boeing 777 plane, flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, that was shot down in the sky over Donbas on July 17, 2014. He is also a board member of the Dutch Aviation Disaster Fund for relatives of victims of the tragedy. 196 of the 298 killed were Dutch nationals.
A prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia took place on September 7, 2019.
Volodymyr Tsemakh was included in the exchange even though he is a Ukrainian national. He had been in Ukrainian custody due to his suspected involvement in the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane.