SBU puts out search for MH17 shootdown suspects

A pro-Russian separatist stands at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/File Photo

The Security Service of Ukraine has announced the search for the officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Federation, Oleg Ivannikov, who is the key person investigated in the crash of a passenger Boeing flight MN17 case, the Ukrainian Truth writes.

Information about this also appeared in the database of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine website.

Ivannikov was put on the wanted list on January 21, 2019. He is being charged with crimes under Part 1 of Article 258-3 (creation of a terrorist organization, leadership or participation in it) and Part 2 of Article 437 (waging aggressive war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

At the same time, there is no photo of Ivannikov in the search card.

On May 24, the International Joint Investigation Group in the case of the Malaysian Boeingcrash announced that it was shot down by the Buk anti-aircraft missile system from the 53rd air defense brigade deployed in Kursk, Russia.

The international independent investigation team Bellingcat found out that GRU officer Oleg Ivannikov was involved in the downin of the MH17 flight in the Donbass in 2014. He was involved in the transportation of Buk to the territory of Ukraine and back to Russia.

Ivannikov also headed the Wagner Group mercenaries in the Luhansk region.

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