Aftermath
A failed state on NATO’s frontline
in Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War
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This chapter first looks at how giving Kiev a veto over the two official investigations into the Malaysian Airlines Flight MHI7 disaster fundamentally compromised the outcomes. The final report of the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) entrusted with the technical investigation. The findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked with the criminal prosecution do not depart from the claims made by the hardliners in the Ukrainian interior ministry and their Western backers directly after the disaster, although the JIT investigation did appear to be tugging at the leash at times. Next, the chapter explores the scorched-earth policy for Ukraine. It further deals with an account of how the neoliberal 'market democracy' experiment failed. Supervised by expatriate financiers, and apparently aimed at securing control of the country's energy infrastructure for the West, this deal contributed further to making Ukraine a social disaster zone and a failed state on the NATO frontline.

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