WASHINGTON – House Ukraine Caucus Chairs Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and 18 other Ukraine Caucus members, on November 2 sent a bipartisan letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urging the full committee to hold a hearing investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17).
The Dutch Safety Board, conducting its own official investigation, recently released findings on the crash that implicate a missile launched from a Russian Buk missile system. Russia has blocked attempts by the United Nations to pursue a more complete investigation.
“The report makes it clear that the Buk is a Soviet, and later Russian-made, medium range, mobile weapon system. We urge the committee to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash of flight MH17, with particular attention to communication of Russia-backed rebel groups,” the members wrote to Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).
The full text of the letter from the House Ukraine Caucus may b e read at: http://levin.house.gov/sites/levin.house.gov/files/documents/UKR%20Caucus%20Letter%20to%20HFAC.pdf.