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Russia closed its airspace on the border with Donbass before the MH17 tragedy, media

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Russia banned the flights of aircraft in the neighboring Donbas airspace July 16, 2014. The ban came into effect from midnight on 17 July, i.e. the day when you were hit by a passenger airliner, which was flying flight MH17. Reported by Forbes, with reference to the report of the security Council of the Netherlands.

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According to information, the prohibition applies to flights below 16150 meters, that is actually spread through civil aviation. The height of the achievable SAM Buk that shot down the plane Malaysia Airlines. Ukraine July 14, 2014 established a minimum altitude transit of civil courts over the anti-terrorist operation zone in 9754 meters.

“The security Council of the Netherlands has requested the Russian side about the reasons of the introduction of restrictions on civil flights . Rosaviatsia said that this was done “to harmonize restrictive measures with adjacent airspace of Ukraine”. On the question of Dutch experts about the “conflict” two bans Russia said nothing,” – said in the message.

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On 17 July, the route of flight MH17 was laid over the area of responsibility of Rostov zonal center which has received the information about the restriction. Rostov Manager knew that when crossing the state border of Russia Malaysian Boeing 777 intrudes in forbidden for flights of civil aircraft zone, and was silent.

It is noted that the Manager was silent on previous occasions, when he conducted hundreds of civil aircraft through its area of responsibility from midnight on 17 July 2014 to the date of closing Ukraine’s airspace over the ATO zone.

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We will remind, the plane the Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines, carrying out flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk region, on territories under control to fighters. The tragedy killed all 298 people aboard. The passengers of the flight were citizens of 10 countries, most of the victims (196 people) are citizens of the Netherlands.

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