"This is not a conflict between Ukraine and Russia. It’s a global conflict, and it is a global threat. Russia is on the dark side. And our priority is a key priority of the whole world: to stop Russian aggression", stated Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a press-briefing in the Ukraine media crisis center on Monday, July 21
"It is Russia, which has invaded the territory of an independent state and annexed the Crimea. It’s Russia, which sent troops to the Crimea and sent its agents to Donetsk and Luhansk. It’s Russia, which supplied a lethal weapon, artillery and financial support to terrorists led by Russia. Russia supported them. And Russia, as a permanent member of the United Nations, has violated international law and the UN Charter. This is a key international criminal! So, it is in our mutual interests – in the interests of the world - to stop this in order to maintain peace and stability and to restore international law and order in Europe, not only in Eastern Ukraine", emphasized the Prime Minister.
He stressed Ukraine to be interested in a broad and deep international investigation of the MH17disaster.
The Ukraine's Prime Minister also reminded that there were the video and photo recordings, of how the Russian anti-aircraft missile system moved across the territory that was completely controlled by Russian-backed bandits. According to him, there are also pictures of a rocket launch: "We have intercepted telephone conversations between the Russian-backed bandits and the Russian FSB agents. We have received the preliminary evidence of the fact that MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the Ukrainian military had never used surface-to-air missiles in the ATO: "The Ukrainian Defense Ministry will provide complete information about the whereabouts of all air defense missiles."
Moreover, the PM underlined that the terrorists themselves posted on the Internet that "they shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft" and then they removed this video in 30 seconds. "
"Besides, we have received a number of statements of special services and governments, in which they clearly agree that MH17 was shot down by a missile," said the Prime Minister.
"It is absolutely clear that this system cannot be operated by an intoxicated pro-Russian bandit. It should be well-trained agents and, as the Ministry of Defence reported to me, in order to shoot a plane down, they have to cooperate with other radar systems, which are absent on the Ukraine’s territory", the PM emphasized.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the international investigation should get real facts, "who shot down MH17, who supported and provided information to those who committed this international crime."
The Ukraine's Prime Minister called on the Russian authorities to respond "to all questions that have been raised."
Russia and the Russian regime, noted Arseniy Yatsenyuk, should provide de-escalation of the situation, "withdraw its agents, close the border, stop supporting the terrorists, adhere to international law and international obligations, and disclose all information and every proof that they have got to get the real picture of what happened, and to investigate the tragedy most deeply and as soon as possible. "President Putin must realize that’s enough," he underlined.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reported that today 31 international experts have arrived to Ukraine, including 23 experts from the Netherlands, two - from Germany, two - from the U.S., one - from Britain, and three representatives of the Australian Embassy.The President of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Government are in constant contact with all Western partners, added the Prime Minister.