‘Key suspect’ in MH17 downing released from jail in Ukraine

A court in Ukraine has released on bail from pretrial detention a man suspected of involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 that killed 298 people, most of them Dutch citizens.

The appeals court in the capital, Kiev, on Thursday ordered the release of Volodymyr Tsemakh from custody on recognisance, pending further investigation.

Ukraine captured Tsemakh, accused of fighting for pro-Russian separatists, in June this year, but he is believed to be a person of interest in the downing of MH17, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

European politicians described him as a “key suspect” and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the investigation.

Tsemakh is a Ukrainian who is believed to have been in charge of air defence in the forces of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic near Snizhne in eastern Ukraine.

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