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18 July 2014

MFA statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines aircraft

Poland strongly condemns the shooting down of a passenger aircraft over the territory of Eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The use of advanced anti-aircraft weapons against a civilian target is particularly outrageous.

We offer our deepest condolences to victims’ families and to the countries whose nationals were on board. So far, we do not know of any Polish citizens who were among the victims. We are verifying the list of passengers to establish their nationality. Approximately 40 names are still to be checked.

 

We call for an objective international investigation into the causes of the crash. We are concerned over press reports that the Ukrainian side has captured phone conversation recordings indicating that pro-Russian separatists might be responsible for shooting the plane down.

 

We recall that during his visit to Kyiv last Tuesday, Minister Radosław Sikorski said that the fact that pro-Russian separatists were reported to be armed with advanced surface-to-air missiles represented the greatest concern in the current state of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. This point was addressed in an MFA press release issued after the minister’s visit to Kyiv.

 

We appeal to both the sides of the conflict and the international community to take all necessary steps to establish the facts of the crash, secure evidence and the crash site, treat the victims’ bodies and belongings with respect, and allow safe access to the crash site for experts and the victims’ families.

 

Marcin Wojciechowski

MFA Press Spokesman

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