Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: the day Russia became a state sponsor of terrorism

  • Sascha-Dominik Bachmann
Keywords: Ukraine, Russia, International law, war, terrorism, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, armed conflict, air law


The downing of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 sent shockwaves around the world. The airliner was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a surface to air missile, killing all people on board who comprised 283 passengers (including 80 children), and 15 crew members. The victims were the nationals of at least 10 different states. In this short article Sascha-Dominik Bachmann (Associate Professor in International Law, Bournemouth University) highlights some possible responses to the crime with a particular focus on a potential terrorism argument.


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