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MH 17 Witness appeal

On July 17th 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine. The plane was shot down by a BUK-missile. 298 innocent people died. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is still looking for insider and /or eye witnesses who can tell us more about the people who were involved in this tragedy.


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Witness safety and protection

The JIT pays serious attention to the security of witnesses. We strongly advise you that you should never reveal your actual (current) or intended assistance to the investigation to any person or agency outside of the JIT.

If you are concerned about your safety and/or the safety of your relatives/friends, various protective measures can be taken. Such as:

  • Discussions/interviews can take place in safe places in or outside your country. If travel is needed the JIT may provide assistance
  • In some cases the identity of the witness can be shielded or protected
  • In certain circumstances a witness protection program may be necessary.
    ​Witness protection programs:
    1. are intended to provide an environment in which the witness may give evidence without fear of retribution
    2. can protect witness identities and may include the use of assumed identities
    3. may extend to people associated or related to the witness, such as family members
    4. may include re-location and in some cases permanent re-settling in another country.

Inclusion in a witness protection program is not to be considered as a reward. It is governed by strict protocols and is on voluntary basis.
Every JIT nation has their own witness protection programs, many of which have cooperative arrangements with other nations.

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Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. 

Reduction of Sentence for Ukrainian crimes

For those under suspicion or accused of Ukrainian crimes, there are significant incentives to providing evidence in criminal matters, such as the investigation into the downing of the Boeing (MH17). This is especially applicable to pro Russian fighters interested in leaving the conflict zone, but concerned about being charged with criminal offences arising from their participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Since April 2017 changes to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine allow the public prosecutor, under certain conditions, to conclude a plea agreement (a deal) with a suspect or person accused of grave (terroristic) crimes. An Agreement may result in reduced or suspended punishment.

Any plea agreement depends on the level of cooperation, as well as the reliability and value of information provided about other crimes or criminals. The changes to the Code allow for agreements to be made before or during trials. All agreements need to be examined and approved by the Court.

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The prosecution of those responsible for downing Malaysia Airways flight MH17 can take place in the Netherlands. This was decided jointly by the countries whose law enforcement authorities are working together in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands.
The national prosecution in the Netherlands will be rooted in close and enduring international cooperation and support.

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Information Orion and Delfin

The JIT is still looking for more information concerning the following people:

  • Person 1: Alias: Orion (call sign). First names: Andreay Ivanovich
  • Person 2: Alias: Delfin (call sign). First names: Nikolay Fiodorovich

The JIT has several wire tapped conversations in which these people participate. If you know who these persons are please contact the JIT

Read more / Go to the audio files

Contact the JIT

We are putting great effort into finding the truth about the crash of MH17. The JIT is especially looking for insider and/or eye witnesses, who can tell us more about the role that different persons have played in the downing of flight MH17, the mandate with which they operated and the command structure. If you have any information, please contact us. We will handle your information with ultimate care.
JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0800-300014 (FREE) or 0031-886624600 (Dutch phone number) during office hours (9 AM – 5 PM UTC +2).
  • WhatsApp: call or text +31683559290 during office hours (9 AM – 5 PM UTC +2) 
  • For uploading photographic or video material.

We prefer WhatsApp calls over phonecalls

Safe communication

For safe communication with us through e-mail, we advise you to do the following:

  •           Setup a new Gmail email account. You can do this on:
  •           Use public/free Wi-Fi. Often you can find free Wi-Fi spots at hotels or cafes.

For safe communication with us through phone, we advise you to do the following:

  •           Always use a new pre-paid phone and/or SIMcard

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About the criminal investigation
The criminal investigation is aimed at identifying the suspects and is conducted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Visit the Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Office for the latest information.

About JIT
In the JIT the Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Dutch National Police work together with police and judicial authorities of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. The purpose of the criminal investigation is to establish the facts, identify those responsible for the crash and to collect evidence which can be used in every court, in any country.

Press inquiries
Journalists with police-related press inquiries about flight MH17 can contact the press office by phone: 0031 (0) 653361397 or email: