Four suspects face murder charge for downing MH17

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Published on June 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:41s

Four suspects face murder charge for downing MH17

A Dutch-led investigation names three Russians and a Ukrainian as suspects in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine five years ago.

All 298 aboard perished.

Lucy Fielder reports.

Four suspects face murder charge for downing MH17

Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine five years ago, in which all 298 people aboard were killed.

The suspects, named for the first time Wednesday (June 19), will likely be tried in absentia in a trial to start next March in the Netherlands.

Since Russia says it doesn't trust the Dutch-led investigation, and it isn't expected to hand anyone over.

MH17 was shot out of the sky in 2014 over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Most of the passengers were Dutch.

The investigation team found the missile used was Russian, and the Dutch and Australian governments have blamed Russia.

And while President Vladimir Putin has called MH17's fate a "terrible tragedy", he has long held that Moscow isn't to blame.

International arrest warrants have been issued for the four men.

This is Igor Girkin.

A former colonel in Russia's FSB intelligence service, in summer 2014 he was minister of defence in the separatist territory, the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic.

The battle-hardened Russian nationalist is believed to live in Moscow, where he makes regular public appearances as a commentator.

He told Reuters Wednesday (June 19) the rebels didn't shoot down the Boeing.

Fellow Russian Sergey Dubinsky was head of military intelligence in Donetsk, and the other two held high-ranking military intelligence positions too.

The Ukrainian, Leonid Kharshenko, is believed to still be in Ukraine, and Kiev said it would try to arrest him.

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