Ukraine captures separatist believed to be linked to MH17

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

The arrested man is a former separatist commander believed to be linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has been captured in eastern Ukraine and he has been smuggled across the frontlines to government-controlled territory.

Vladimir Tsemakh, who turned 58 in confinement in Kiev on Thursday, was captured by Ukrainian agents in the Russia-backed splinter state of the Donetsk People’s Republic on June 27, relatives told the BBC Russian service.


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.


Via The Telegraph

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