Australian Embassy
Ukraine

MH 17 Tribunal Veto

RUSSIAN VETO OF MH17 TRIBUNAL

Russia's veto of the United Nations Security Council resolution to establish a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the MH17 atrocity is outrageous.

Two hundred and ninety eight innocent people, including 38 Australians, were murdered when the aircraft was shot down above Ukraine just over a year ago.

By its actions today, Russia has shown complete disregard for the families' right to know who was responsible and to see these criminals face justice.

Russia had an opportunity to join the international community in this effort.

Its actions reinforce concerns Russia is protecting the perpetrators and continuing to assault the sovereignty of Ukraine.

Australia will continue its work with our partners to see justice done.
 

Statement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott 30 July 2015.