‘Ukrainian government should have excluded flight MH17 from airspace’

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Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Airspace of Eastern Ukraine should have been closed”

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 20:16

The Ukrainian authorities, according to military experts, should have closed the airspace over the east of the country in the days before flight MH17 flew there. This turns out from research by [German] WDR, NDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the [Dutch] VPRO radio program Argos.

The study found that the airspace should have been closed after an Antonov military plane was shot down in the area. That happened a few days before the disaster with MH17. Experts pointed out that that [Antonov] plane had not flown exceptionally low and it should have been concluded from this that other aircraft were in danger.

According to the German-Dutch research this fact has been reported to the Research Council for Safety (OVV), but a sentence about that has been deleted “shortly before publication” from the Dutch OVV report.


The German ARD program Tagesthemen spends tonight at 22.15 attention to this. The issue is not entirely new; previously, experts reacted with surprise that the airspace over eastern Ukraine was still used.

The Dutch government released dozens of documents yesterday about the downing in Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but much of the information was redacted. Broadcaster RTL News, which was one of a number of outlets that had requested the information be made public, said that it would protest against the number of redactions and take the government to court if necessary to compel it to reveal more details: here.

UN report accuses Ukrainian government of human rights abuses: here.