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    UN Security Council will hold a meeting Friday to investigate the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN announced Wednesday.

    Updated 00.54 a.m. Moscow Time

    MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - UN Security Council will hold a meeting Friday to investigate the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN announced Wednesday.

    The meeting will be focused on the UN Security Council's Resolution 2166 that requires cessation of all hostilities in the area adjacent to the site of the crash.

    On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk, killing all 298 people on board.

    The reason for the crash is still a matter of debates. Kiev accuses independence supporters in eastern Ukraine of shooting the plane down, but cannot provide any evidence for this assertion. The local militia leaders say they do not have weapons capable of shooting down a plane flying at 32,000 feet.

    On September 9, the Dutch Safety Board issued a preliminary report on the MH17 crash, saying that the Malaysia Airlines flight broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from the outside.

    The investigation was conducted according to the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The only objective of this investigation is the prevention of similar accidents and incidents.

    The Dutch Safety Board does not have the right to apportion blame or responsibility on any party.

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