For Malaysia, the shooting down of MH17 was a particularly huge blow, coming just over four months after the disappearance of Flight MH370. Ukrainian officials have hailed the report of the Joint International team, and the Malaysian government says it wants those responsible to be brought to justice.
It was the first time in history one airline has been hit by two fatal disasters on this scale in such a short space of time….a devastating blow to Malaysia, and to the national airline…and its staff.
43 Malaysians died on board flight MH17, the second largest group after the Dutch.
The hope will be that the findings of the investigation will bring them some long-awaited answers for the families and friends of the victims.
Malaysian, along with Ukrainian prosecutors, were also on the Joint Investigation Team.
"We welcome the report we be because I believe it is a significant step forward and it reflects the huge amount of work that was done by JIT. We believe that this is the conclusive evidence of what exactly happened, and how things actually developed and evolved," said Olexander Nechytaylo, Ukrainian Ambassador to Malaysia.
For Ukraine’s government, there is also a sense of vindication…that, as they said all along, the missile that shot down MH17 was brought in from Russia and fired from territory held by Russian-backed rebels.
“Absolutely, I think it’s a great feeling of relief for Ukraine but not just for Ukraine, but also to many people, especially the relatives of the victims, because it shows our commitment and resolve to make sure that justice will be served," he said.
Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak has up till now avoided pointing the finger of blame at any party.
But Najib says his government is determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice, and that now that the criminal investigation is complete, the countries involved will decide on the next course of action.