The Destruction of MH17: Three Years On


Time: 18:00-19:00, 17th July 2017

Venue: Committee Room 2A, House of Lords,
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA


Matt Anderson PSM
Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission

Brechje Schwachofer
Chargee d”Affaires a.i, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Oleh Pavlyshyn
Counselor (Political Affairs), Embassy of Ukraine

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On July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Subsequent investigations by the Dutch Safety Board, the Joint Investigation Team, and Bellingcat point to pro-Russian separatists using weaponry believed to have been supplied by the Russian government. Since 2014, the international community has taken a clear stand against Russian aggression in Ukraine, imposing sanctions on the Kremlin as well as Russian businesses and individuals. Yet, Russia continues to deny its role in fueling the separatist conflict, obfuscating its complicity through propaganda at home and disinformation abroad.

By kind invitation of Lord Risby, The Henry Jackson Society invites you to examine the legacy of the downing of MH17 at an event featuring Matt Anderson PSM, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, Brechje Schwachofer, Chargee d”Affaires a.i, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Oleh Pavlyshyn, Counselor, Embassy of Ukraine. The three diplomats will discuss the international community’s efforts to hold Russia accountable for the tragic events of July 17, 2014 and the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine, which has resulted in approximately 10,000 deaths and left between 800,000 and 1 million Ukrainian citizens displaced, according to United Nations estimates.

mMatt Anderson PSM is the Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at the Australian High Commission.  He led the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s response to the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014. Before his current role as Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Anderson was the Ambassador to Afghanistan, High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and High Commissioner to Samoa. He was also posted to Papua New Guinea and South Africa. He was Chief Negotiator of the Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville and undertook a Short Term Mission to Cambodia. Mr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University and a Master of Arts from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for his role leading the humanitarian and consular response to the 2009 Pacific tsunami.

mMrs Brechje Schwachöfer is the Chargee d”Affaires a.i at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mrs Schwachöfer has previously served as Ambassador at the Netherlands Embassy in Cyprus and was a Senior Policy Officer in conflict prevention at the European External Action Service in Brussels. She has also held positions in The Hague, the UN and NATO. Mrs Schwachöfer holds a Masters degree in Law and Economics from the University of Rotterdam.

mMr. Oleh Pavlyshyn is a Counselor (political) of the Embassy of Ukraine in London. Mr Pavlyshyn was born in Kyiv in 1977 and graduated in 1999 the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Institute of International Relations. He holds Bachelor degree in international relations and Master degree in international law. Since 1999 Mr Pavlyshyn has worked in the MFA of Ukraine. He was posted in the UN in New York (UNSC, UNGA First Committee) and in Vienna (IAEA, CTBT). Participated in many NPT conferences and has served as a member of Group of UN Governmental Experts on SALW. Prior to taking up his current position he was the chief of Treaty section of the Legal Department of the MFA of Ukraine.


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