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Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On MH17 Tribunal

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On MH17 Tribunal

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have created a tribunal to try those suspected of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Eleven countries on the 15-member council voted in favor of the proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine on July 29.

China, Venezuela, and Angola abstained from the vote.

The draft resolution requires all countries to cooperate with the special tribunal or face sanctions.

Shortly after the vote, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to push for justice despite Russia’s veto.

“The results of the vote on the MH17 tribunal speak for themselves. But Ukraine will not stop there. Our goal is to punish the guilty,” Poroshenko’s press secretary Svyatoslav Tseholko said.

Following the vote, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told the council that “no veto will stand in the way of this heinous crime being investigated and prosecuted.”

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