Russia has appealed to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to open a new investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last year over eastern Ukraine, the head of Russia’s airline said on Wednesday.
The Boeing 777 crashed on July 17, 2014, amid a military confrontation between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.
The Dutch Defense Board said in a final statement on Tuesday that the jet had been destroyed by an air missile from the surface of a Soviet-made book. Two-thirds of the 298 dead were Dutch.
The 15-month study did not explicitly say who fired the missile, but it did identify an area of 320 square kilometers (120 square miles). According to maps of the daily fighting released by the Ukrainian National Security Council, all the land at the time of the disaster was in the hands of pro-Russian separatists fighting with Ukrainian forces.
Russia and the rebels insist that if the plane was destroyed by a missile, it must have been shot down by the Ukrainian military.
The Russian Commission does not explicitly agree with the results of the final report. They are fundamentally wrong, and the lack of logic there is incomparable, “said Oleg Storsov, vice president of the Russian Air Force, in a televised news conference on Wednesday.
Storsovoy said Russia would “exercise its right” to continue the investigation and has already called for the intervention of the UN Civil Aviation Authority.
Storsovy pointed out that Russia believes some of the evidence is false. He accused the Dutch of “hiding important data” from Russia, questioning the reliability of the wreckage and the pieces of the missile found in question.
Speaking in Donetsk, rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko denied any involvement in the crash.
“We’ve said before, we say we haven’t shot the plane yet,” he said.