(KIEV, Ukraine.) #MH17 Latest: Three Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with bringing a missile into the area in eastern Ukraine and with murdering 298 passengers and crew: President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday he welcomed murder charges brought against four suspects over the 2014 downing of the passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, and said he hoped they would stand trial #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.20: “Ukraine welcomes the conclusions of the Joint Investigation Team on #MH17: The President of Ukraine hopes that … those who are guilty of this brazen murder of innocent children, woman and men, will be put in the dock,” Zelenskiy said in a statement: Authorities have named four men they allege were involved in the downing of flight MH17. Here is a snapshot of the details that have emerged during an investigation into their activities: https://ab.co/2FmdIsp

For the first time since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014, prosecutors have announced charges against suspects in the case: Three Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with bringing a missile into the area in eastern Ukraine and with murdering 298 passengers and crew………..The passenger flight was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine…………….Russia said the accusations against its military were “absolutely threadbare”……….International arrest warrants have been issued for the four suspects and a court case will begin in the Netherlands on 9 March 2020.

The Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) named the men as Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov from Russia, as well as Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko: The JIT, which is seeking to try the suspects under Dutch law, had previously said it had a “long list” of persons of interest and appealed again for witnesses as the investigation continued.

The most prominent of the four is Igor Girkin (also known as Strelkov), who prosecutors say is a former colonel in Russia’s FSB intelligence service: He was given the minister of defence title in the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk………..He is believed to be the highest military officer in the area who was in direct contact with the Russian Federation. In a statement Mr Girkin said: “I can only say that militia did not shoot down the Boeing.”

An investigator inspects the wreckage of flight MH17Reuters: An investigator inspects the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

The others charged are:

  • Sergei Dubinsky (known as Khmury), who prosecutors say was employed by Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, was a deputy of Mr Girkin and in regular contact with Russia
  • Oleg Pulatov, known as Giurza, who the JIT says was a former soldier of GRU special forces and deputy head of the intelligence service in Donetsk
  • Ukrainian national Leonid Kharchenko, who has no military background but led a combat unit as a commander in eastern Ukraine, according to prosecutors

“These suspects are seen to have played an important role in the death of 298 innocent civilians”, said Dutch chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke: “Although they did not push the button themselves, we suspect them of close co-operation to get the [missile launcher] where it was, with the aim to shoot down an aeroplane.”………….Investigators, he added, had “evidence showing that Russia provided the missile launcher”.

The investigative website Bellingcat has named 12 people it accuses of being involved in transporting the missile used to down MH17, including the four charged by the JIT.

The passenger jet left Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 10:15 GMT on 17 July 2014 and was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia the following day: A few hours after take-off, the plane lost contact with air traffic control about 50km (30 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border……..At the time, an armed conflict was raging on the ground in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces, and several government military aircraft had been downed in the previous weeks, while government air strikes were being carried out on rebel-held areas.

Map shows the route taken by flight MH17

The plane crashed in the Donetsk area, in territory controlled by separatists. Parts of the wreckage were found distributed over an area of about 50 sq km (19 square miles). In October 2015, the Dutch Safety Board concluded the plane had been hit by a Buk missile, causing it to break apart in mid-air…………The JIT – which includes officials from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine – concluded in May 2018 that the missile system belonged to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile brigade, based in the western Russian city of Kursk. It produced evidence that it said proved how the missile system had reached eastern Ukraine………..An animated video from the Dutch Safety Board shows the damage to the plane and how it was caused……………Russia responded by denying any of its anti-aircraft missile systems had ever crossed the Ukrainian border: Australia and the Netherlands have both officially held Russia responsible for the crash.

Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that it rejected the findings of the JIT which were “aimed at discrediting the Russian Federation in the eyes of the international community”: Unnamed Dutch officials have told news agencies that Russia refused to co-operate with the investigation but the foreign ministry denied this, saying Russia had always been interested in establishing the truth: Russia accused the JIT of using dubious “sources of information”, including evidence “fabricated” by Ukraine, while ignoring evidence offered by Russia. Under Article 61 of Russia’s constitution, no Russian citizen can be extradited to another state………A former rebel official in Donetsk, Andrei Purgin, said it was “absurd” to accuse the separatists of involvement in downing the plane, Russia’s Interfax news agency reports. Asked by AFP news agency, Ukrainian security services said they had “no information” on Leonid Kharchenko’s whereabouts or whether he was even still alive.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the Dutch-led inquiry’s conclusions, Reuters news agency reports: He said he hoped “those who are guilty of this brazen murder of innocent children, woman and men will be put in the dock”………UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Russia “must co-operate fully with the prosecution and provide any assistance it requests” in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2166, which was passed in response to the downing of MH17………….”The international community stands together against the impunity of those responsible for the despicable murder of 298 innocent people,” he added…………….Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said the bringing of charges marked an “important milestone in the efforts to uncover the full truth and ensure that justice is done”.

A total of 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members were killed on the flight:

Victims on board MH17Various: Those killed were from across the world: The dead included 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, four Belgians, four Germans, three Philippine nationals, one New Zealander and one Canadian.

Silene Fredriksz, mother of one of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims, speaks with reporters, 19 June 2019Reuters: “ It’s a start” – Silene Fredriksz, mother of one of the victims: Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s announcement, Silene Fredriksz, who lost her son Bryce, said that in the five years since the downing of MH17, some relatives had died not knowing the truth: “We all get older… I hope that I will know the truth before I close my eyes,” she said: Barry Sweeney, father of 28-year-old British victim Liam, said he was still looking for the truth: “It’s not going to bring anyone back, but if I found out why it happened, it would bring a bit of closure,” he said.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: June.20: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alison Williams

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#MH17 Court of Human Rights agrees lawsuit by relatives of passengers #killed can proceed against the Ukraine for negligence – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Aug.08: ‘Failed to protect life’: Court green-lights MH17 relatives’ lawsuit against Ukraine
Preview The European Court of Human Rights has given the green light to a lawsuit filed by relatives of MH17 passengers against Ukraine.

It alleges that Kiev intentionally kept airspace over the war-torn eastern Ukraine open and failed to protect the ‘ passengers’ lives.

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‘ NETHERLANDS COMMISSION REQUEST MH17 DOCUMENTS FROM RUSSIA ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – Nov.21 – Russia is preparing a new package of documents for the Netherlands’ commission investigating the crash of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight Tass reported. 

The package will be sent in response for the commission’s request, RIA Novosti quoted deputy head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) Oleg Storchevoy as saying.

“Everything that we have available and that could help in investigating the crash, we are ready to hand over – and we are doing this – to the Netherlands,” he said.

#ANS2014 

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‘ Report on MH17 Delayed By Pressure From Some Western Powers That Lead to Sanctions’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 It seems that the international commission on the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine less than two month ago intentionally drags out the investigation as a result of pressure from some Western powers, Alexander Lukashevich, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday Itar-Tass reported. 

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We point out that the process of the [report’s] publication and the process itself is delayed on purpose by the international commission,” Lukashevich said. “The presented report does not hold any convincing information on the circumstances of the airliner’s crash and the most important expertize was not conducted.”

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane (Flight MH17) crash was used for pushing through the sectoral sanctions against Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Thursday.

We very attentively follow the investigation of the tragic catastrophe of the Malaysian Boeing that not only claimed many lives, but also was used for purposeful exacerbating international tensions, increasing pressure on the state and pushing through the so-called sectoral sanctions against Russia,” he told a briefing.

We strongly urge all the sides to abstain from hasty and groundless public accusations that not only undermine the international relations foundations, but also are outrageous facts of interference in an independent investigation,” the official added.

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