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AVIATION: Vier unter Anklage nach Abschuss der MH17 infographic

Vier unter Anklage, haben Flug MH17 abgeschossen

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June 19, 2019 -- Drei Russen und ein Ukrainer stehen unter Mordanklage wegen Abschuss von Flug MH17 der Malaysia Airlines, in der östlichen Ukraine im Juli 2014. Alle 298 Passagiere und die Besatzung des Flugzeugs wurden getötet.

A team of international investigators announced the charges, saying the trial will start in March 2020 at the Hague District Court, sitting in a high-security courtroom near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

The suspects were named as Igor Girkin, a former colonel of Russia’s FSB spy service; Sergey Dubinskiy, employed by Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency; and Oleg Pulatov, a former soldier with the GRU’s special forces spetsnaz unit. All were Russian soldiers previously sent abroad.

A fourth suspect, Leonid Kharchenko, is a Ukrainian. He led a military combat unit in the city of Donetsk as a commander, it was alleged.

Investigators said that even if the four may not have pushed the button itself to launch a Buk missile that downed the plane, they were implicated in the preparations of the launch, making it sufficient to charge them.

The Dutch-led investigators concluded in May 2018 that the Buk missile system belonged to 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, based in the Russian city of Kursk.

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