Arrest of ‘possible MH17 witness’ in Ukraine

Photo: NBAAI via Dutch Safety Board
A reconstruction of the wreckage of MH17 by the Dutch Safety Board.

One man who may have witnessed the shooting down of the MH17 has reportedly been arrested by the Ukrainian secret service.

Citing a report on the Russian-language BBC service, the Volkskrant claims that 58-year-old Vladimir Tsemach has been arrested in rebel territory.

The man is thought to have been a former military commandant of pro-Russian separatists and was reportedly captured near the place from which the aeroplane was shot down.

The Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17th July 2014, killing all 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch people. Following an investigation by Australia, Belgian, Malaysian, Dutch and Ukrainian authorities, four Russian and Ukrainian suspects are being prosecuted in the Netherlands next March.

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