A pilot, Captain Vladyslav Voloshyn, accused by Russia of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has killed himself.
Recall that a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17), was shot down on 17th July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
It was shot down over the air space of conflict-stricken eastern Ukraine, believed to be occupied by pro-Russian rebels
BBC said that Ukrainian police said Voloshyn have shot himself and his death has been described as suicide.
Police found military service pistol at the scene. It is currently being investigated.
Voloshyn is described as a war hero in Ukraine and had flown 33 combat missions in Su-25 ground attack jet against Russian-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Russian officials however had alleged that Voloshyn had shot down MH17, while independent experts rejected that claim.
According to them, the evidence pointed to a Buk missile system fired by pro-Russian rebels.
Voloshyn’s family members, who were in the flat when he committed suicide, told Ukrainian media that Voloshyn had been suffering from depression.