Relatives of 10 Australians killed when MH17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine will mark today’s fifth anniversary of the atrocity with a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin demanding an end to the “disingenuous denials, deceit and lies” over the incident.
Some next of kin will also visit the Russian consular office in Sydney to deliver the statement, and read out the names of the 298 people killed when a Buk missile downed the Malaysia Airlines flight.
Among those to have signed the statement are Meryn and Jon O’Brien, whose 25-year-old son, Jack, was among the victims; Jane Malcolm, who lost her mother and stepfather, Carol and Michael Clancy; and Paul Guard, the son of Jill and Roger Guard.
A New Zealand and three Malaysian families are also signatories to the letter demanding those “directly responsible for committing this crime along with the chain of command above them be held to account”.
“The Russian government has done its best to hide the truth, or worse, convey the idea that there is no reliable truth to be found,” the statement said.
“We the families of MH17 have found this disturbing and deeply offensive.”
It will be the fifth year the O’Briens have approached Russia to seek acknowledgment of the country’s involvement, and Mrs O’Brien said they would continue until they received a satisfactory response.
“To be meek and do nothing is intolerable,” Mrs O’Brien said.
Ms Malcolm agreed there could be “no giving up” until Russia co-operated fully with investigators. “A lot of people have worked very hard for us, from the victim identification teams doing all the forensics to the Joint Investigation Team and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,” Ms Malcolm said. “They’re doing so much, but it would all be unnecessary if the Russians just co-operated. We’d just like to have a statement of facts put out there in a coherent manner.”
Mr Guard said he wanted to see Russia acknowledge not only its role in MH17, but the part it played in the conflict in Ukraine.
“From starting and continuing the conflict and the fact they had a missile launcher in Ukraine, they need to explain,” Mr Guard said. “They’ve always claimed it was not their war but clearly there’s evidence Russia was supplying both personnel and equipment.”
Although there are no official memorials planned in Australia today, a service will be held in The Netherlands, where 196 of the victims resided.
The Dutch government also hosted a symposium yesterday to reflect on the five years since the tragedy, and the “geopolitical battle” it had sparked between The Netherlands and the Russian Federation.
Last month, four men were charged over MH17 including three Russians and a Ukrainian, and a trial set down for next year, but none is expected to actually face court.
Another man, Vladimir Tsemakh, was arrested in Ukraine last week over his role as a witness to the missile strike, and could stand trial.
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RAND - Perceptions of Russia as a military threat differ sharply across Europe and appear to be heavily influenced by geographical proximity to Russia. Some of Russia's neighbors see Russia as capable of and potentially willing to carry out a conventional attack against them but do not necessarily see such an attack as likely. Relations with Russia have changed irremediably. Tensions are unlikely to recede anytime soon.
2. ATLANTIC COUNCIL - Is the IMF good for Ukraine? Undisputedly yes. Thanks mainly to IMF loans of $8.8 billion in the last two years, Ukraine’s international currency reserves have risen from $5 billion to $16.7 billion, which has allowed the exchange rate to stabilize and inflation to be contained, offering Ukraine real possibilities to finally start growing soundly.
3. ATLANTIC COUNCIL - Russia’s Novorossiya project has plunged the world into a new Cold War and caused untold suffering to millions of Ukrainians, but it has also consolidated Ukraine’s sense of national identity and hastened the psychological split with Russia begun in 1991. Putin’s hybrid attack was supposed to end what many in Moscow continue to see as the aberration of Ukrainian independence. Instead, it has cemented Ukraine’s place on the European map after centuries in Russia’s shadow.
4. ECFR – The meeting of the G-7 foreign ministers in Lucca, Italy had a dynamic that no one could have anticipated. The United States and the United Kingdom led a charge for the G-7 to declare that there can be no solution to the Syria crisis with Assad in power. They further tried (and failed) to line up their allies behind targeted sanctions against Russian military leaders for supporting Assad’s criminal regime.
5. ECFR - It is impossible to predict which way the winds will blow after the referendum in Turkey next week. But one thing is clear: whatever the result of the vote, one man and one man alone will shape the course of Turkey’s future.
6. CARNEGIE EUROPE - There is little indication that the U.S. military strike on a Syrian government air base on April 6 constituted part of a broader, long-term strategy adopted by U.S. President Donald Trump with regard to the conflict. The statements emerging from the administration since signal divisions on what will be the priority in Syria moving forward—ousting President Bashar al-Assad or defeating the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
7. BROOKINGS - The world is changing very fast, and decisionmakers need help to untangle the complex tradeoffs between hard and soft law, policy guidance and political rhetoric, and good corporate practice and unbridled market capitalism. The current political dynamic in the United States, and potentially in Europe, may push us away, however, from the longstanding principles and practices of international law and cooperation needed to do this vital work.
8. CHATHAM HOUSE - Never mind the Article 50 procedure. An annoyance and a waste of time, it is ultimately inconsequential. The UK will withdraw the request to leave the European Union. It can do this at any time until the end of the two-year period, whenever the government has come to its senses and found a better strategy to get what the British people want.
9. CARNEGIE MOSCOW CENTER - Mr Trump prides himself on being a dealmaker. He now has a chance to secure that reputation. And in Mr Tillerson, James Mattis, US defence secretary and HR McMaster, the national security adviser, all of them steeped in the rules of power play, the masters of realpolitik in Moscow might finally have met their match. That they are losing their illusions about Mr Trump and his team is a good thing. But the game is not over. It is just beginning.
10. NATIONAL INEREST - Analyzing the Russian reaction to the American missile strike, one can notice that this reaction was measured. Of course, no one could anticipate anything from Moscow other than condemnation of America’s actions. However, it seemed that officials, including President Putin, said only what was expected from them in this situation; no heated rhetoric followed. And, indeed, there was no need. Loud statements need to be followed by decisive actions; otherwise, a country’s international credibility and positions suffer.
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