One of the persons that the Dutch Public Prosecutor suspects was involved in the downing of flight MH17 has been recognized by Ukraine as a Russian intelligence officer, NRC reports. This is the first concrete evidence of senior Russian soldiers or senior soldiers being involved in the attack.
The Ukrainian government did inform the Dutch government about the dangerous situation in the country's airspace before the shooting down of the flight MH17. The Dutch government however did not pass the information forward to the airlines, according to the government's response to parliamentary questions. MPs have asked for clarification on the issue.
RTL Nieuws have photos in their possession that give more information about the circumstances of the disaster with flight MH17. According to the news agency, the photos and an interview with the man who took them prove that the disaster was very likely caused by an anti-aircraft missile fired from a separatist region in eastern Ukraine.
The search for victims at the crash site of flight MH17 has been more seriously hampered by separatists than was hitherto known, according to RTL Nieuws.
Mixed feelings in The House of Representatives this week as it becomes cleat that the repatriation mission in eastern Ukraine is coming to an end. MPs are both disappointed but understanding about the mission's end, which is necessary due to an intensified security threat for the investigators in the area.
Dutch potato processing company Farm Frites from Oudenhoorn in Zuid-Holland is unable to receive a loan from the bank to built a factory in Russia that will produce fries. The conglomerate has postponed the construction of that factory. The EU has imposed a boycott due to the plane crash tragedy in Ukraine, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Several relatives of the victims from the crashed flight MH17 have told the Telegraaf that they were shocked when calling their loved ones' phones to hear Eastern-European voices at the other end.
The Netherlands wants the European Union to come to stand unanimously against Russia's negligence in taking distance from pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine which is keeping tensions high in that area.
In a powerful speech at the UN Security Council on Monday, Minister Frans Timmermans of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs berated the agents involved in delaying the investigations at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight. He said that The Netherlands' top priority is bringing the bodies of the victims who died in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine back safely to The Netherlands.
Banks in The Netherlands promise to insure any damage arising out of the misuse of bank cards belonging to victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash. Surviving relatives have been assured that the banks have taken this possibility into account, according to Trouw.
A pro-Russian separatist leader in Ukraine reportedly claimed responsibility for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight over the East of the country. Igor Girkin, also known as Strelkov, posted a his claim on a Russian social media site, thinking that he had downed a Ukrainian military transport plane.