A former colonel in Russia’s FSB security service says he chooses”moral duty” to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, however, insists that his guys didn’t down the passenger airplane.
Igor Girkin was top Russia-backed separatist forces in southern Ukraine whenever the passenger airplane was shot down and crashed into the area on July 17, 2014, murdering all 298 people aboard.
Girkin and others have been charged in absentia from the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
Girkin says as army commander in the area he’s”direct” responsibility for the assault — but he insists his forces didn’t fire the missile that brought down the airplane.
The Kremlin has also denied any involvement.
Galina Polonskaya, Euronews’ correspondent in Moscow, talked to Girkin on Wednesday, after a report from the Times paper.
“Igor Gorkin has told me on the telephone he feels ethical responsibility for downing the MH17 airplane,” she reports.
“But he worried that he believes this obligation only as among the participants of military activities in the east of Ukraine in summertime 2014, among all others”
Back in July 2014 Girkin, back then called the”Minister of Defence” of Donetsk separatists, was among the very first to record a plane was downed.
Girkin insists that the rebels that were under his control didn’t bring down MH17.
“I requested Girkin if this ethical duty he feels could mean that Russia was the person to blame, however, he refused to comment any further,” Galina reports.