MH17 survivors turn to EU for help getting information

Relatives of MH17 victims asked the European Union for help in getting more information on the plane crash in eastern Ukraine in July 2014. They want the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to put pressure on those involved to release, among other things, missing radar images, ANP reports.

The family members wrote a letter addressed to Mogherini. They state that Russia, the Ukraine and the United States still have not released all "relevant information".

The letter writers believe that Prime Minister Mark Rutte has limited space to act in this instance because he can not interfere with the criminal investigation into the disaster. But they hope that the EU can play a role in getting the outstanding information. According to them, there is a difference between interfering in the investigation and ensuring the adequate cooperation of all countries concerned.

The missing radar images have been a sore point for the relatives since some stationary radar images of the disaster was anonymously emailed to Stichting Vliegramp MH17, the foundation that represents the victims' relatives, in January. Following this the government stated that it would not file an international complaint for these images, as there is enough available information to conduct the criminal investigation. The first results of the criminal investigation will be released late next month.

Flight MH17 was shot down with a BUK missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17th, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed, including 196 Dutch.