The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the downing on July 18 of a Malaysia Airlines passenger airline in eastern Ukraine the previous evening, which resulted in the deaths of 298 people. Alleged evidence of Russian involvement in the incident, submitted by the Ukrainian government, is expected to be on the agenda of the summit.
Meanwhile, the first meeting of a special Ukrainian government commission set up to investigate the incident was held on July 18, according to the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Service. The investigation is being conducted by Ukraine’s State Aviation Service in conjunction with experts from Malaysia, the U.S. and the Netherlands.
Spokesman for Ukraine’s Security Council Andriy Lisenko said on July 18 that armed pro-Russian militants continue to obstruct access to the crash site, hampering the efforts of the investigative teams.
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