Rus­sia’s war of ag­gres­sion must stop

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Flight MH-17

On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Air­lines Flight MH17 was shot down over Rus­sian-oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory in east­ern Ukraine by Rus­sian-backed ter­ror­ists. All 298 peo­ple on board the flight were killed. The Buk mis­sile sys­tem used to shoot down MH17 was made and sup­plied by the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion.

The Ukrainian-Cana­dian com­mu­nity ex­presses its deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of the vic­tims of this ter­ri­ble crime, in­clud­ing the fam­ily of Cana­dian An­drei Anghel. We join them in grief and solemn re­mem­brance. May the mem­ory of the vic­tims be eter­nal.

The lead­er­ship of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion bears di­rect and ab­so­lute re­spon­si­bil­ity for this act of in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism.

In a shame­ful at­tempt to avoid ac­count­abil­ity, the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion used its veto at the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to block an in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal to in­ves­ti­gate this heinous crime.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must en­sure that the per­pe­tra­tors of this ap­palling act of mur­der are brought to jus­tice.

It is time for Canada and her al­lies to de­clare the so­called Donetsk and Luhansk “Peo­ples’ Re­publics” ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions and des­ig­nate the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion a state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism.

Rus­sia’s war of ag­gres­sion against Ukraine has claimed over 10,000 lives.

The blood of these vic­tims is on the hands of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. Ihor Michalchyshyn, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Ukrainian Cana­dian Congress

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